Little Trooper of the Month

Darcey Paddington

June 2022

Darcey Paddington has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after being nominated by her mum, Rebecca.

Darcey’s Dad, James, was deployed overseas earlier this year and has spent much of 2022 away from home, including every school holiday. The family also moved house in March this year which was another big change for Darcey and her younger sister, Niah. James is due to deploy again in October and will be away over Christmas.

Darcey is autistic which impacts her understanding of where her Dad is when he is away. Mum Rebecca explains: “She has really missed her Daddy while he has been away and will get upset when we drive past the base, as she wants me to find him for her. While it’s been difficult, she has also coped amazingly well, especially given that we have moved house again for the fifth time since Darcey was born. She’s settled in really well at her new preschool and is the most caring big sister to Niah. She’s an incredible little girl, navigating the world in her own way and teaching us along the way too. We’re over the moon that she has been recognised by Little Troopers.”

As ‘Little Trooper of the Month’, Darcey will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and a £50 voucher.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Having a parent deployed is one of the most challenging things that military children can go through and Darcey has now been through this three times in her four short years, as well as coping with the change of moving home five times too. We think she deserves to be recognised for coping with these challenges and we hope that her medal brings a smile to her face and makes her proud to be a little trooper.”

This month’s little trooper of the month award has kindly been sponsored by The Guru Company.

The Guru Company supports business leaders and business owners in their mission to lead extraordinarily successful teams, and businesses, by mastering the skills of self-leadership.”


Liz Smith, owner and founder of The Guru Company told us:

“As a Nana of 4 young military children I see the unique challenges they go through. So, it is such an honour to be in the position to sponsor this month’s Little Trooper.”



Darcey Paddington

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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