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Little Trooper of the Month

Alfie Neale

January 2021

Alfie Neale’s Dad serves in the Royal Air Force and was deployed overseas in September and is not due back until March. The deployment coincided with Alfie’s mum returning to work full-time as a teacher while Alfie and his younger brother, George, started a new nursery. Alfie has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ by military children’s charity, Little Troopers, after he was nominated by his Mum for coping well with so much change and for celebrating his birthday and Christmas without seeing his Dad or any extended family or friends.

Alfie’s Mum, Katie, comments: “Everyday Alfie asks if the Prime Minister had changed his mind yet and if he can step out of his ‘bubble’ but he goes to nursery every day without a fuss whilst I go to work. Every night he hopes that Daddy will soon be home and he is always talking about things he wants to do when he sees Daddy again. We’ve had some tricky moments along the way, lots of tears and ‘whys?!’ but he has done amazingly well and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is always my little hero!”

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments: “All the changes that Alfie has been through would have been tricky enough for any child under normal circumstances but the Covid restrictions have put lots of added pressure onto military families like Alfie’s who have faced deployed alongside separation from their extended families. We think Alfie deserves to know what a special Little Trooper he is and we hope this award will make him feel proud and give him something to look forward to sharing and talking about with his Dad when they are reunited.”

Alfie will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and special prize as part of his award. Well done Alfie, you’re a real Little Trooper!

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Alfie Neale

Nominate a Trooper of the month!

We want to recognise Little Troopers; children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. 

This is an opportunity to really celebrate and shine a spotlight on the lives of incredible military children, hear the special stories and give them the recognition they really deserve.

Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. We will also shout about how amazing our winners our on our website, social media and other related publications.

Nominations welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course YOU!

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you are nominating you must ask permission and advise them you are nominating. We will need to contact them directly to progress a nomination if successful.

Unsuccessful nominations will not be contacted.

Please upload a recent photograph we can use for certificate and hall of fame if they win:

Eligible children: ANY child with a parent or step parent currently serving with the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force; wherever they live, reserve or regular, parents married or unmarried. Children can only win once. Please only nominate one child per nomination. Children of any age can be nominated. Please ensure all the information you submit is true and correct stating if the child is a step child/has a different father or mother to serving person.

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