Little Trooper of the Month

In Memory of Jake Swinscoe

March 2024

Jake Swinscoe (13) was awarded Little Trooper of the Month in spring 2024. He was nominated for the award by his mum Lynsey. Jake’s dad serves in the Royal Artillery. 

“In August 2023 he was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma and has since been receiving chemotherapy and proton beam therapy. Unfortunately we recently got the news that Jake’s cancer has spread and he cannot be cured. He is now receiving different chemotherapy to slow down to spread and to maintain his quality of life. Since Jake’s original diagnosis he has never complained about having to be admitted to hospital for treatment. Jake has always been so mature and has endured chemotherapy with a smile on his face and fierce determination, even when things have been extremely tough. I would like to nominate Jake for this award for his incredible bravery throughout his journey.”

We were extremely saddened to hear that Jake passed away on 26th April 2024.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, shares her thoughts:

It is so important to me that Jake’s bravery and his journey are recognised. He truly has shown what an amazing Little Trooper he is. Writing this has been one of the hardest things I have had to do in 13 years of Little Troopers, my heart goes out to all of Jake’s family and friends at this sad time.

Little Trooper of the Month is such an extremely special initiative highlighting military children who also have to face some of the hardest challenges in life on top of military life. Jake will forever sit in our Little Trooper of the Month gallery.

Sending so much love and strength to all of Jake’s family. Louise xxx

March 2024

In Memory of Jake Swinscoe

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.