Little Trooper of the Month

Joshua Chiocci

September 2021

Joshua Chiocci, who’s Dad serves in the British Army at RAF Wyton, has been awarded ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after suddenly losing his sight and having emergency surgery in September.

Joshua has Neurofibromatosis, which causes tumours to grow on nerve endings and has also led to Joshua developing Scoliosis and moderate learning problems. Last month, Joshua lost his vision in his right eye and after numerous tests was found to have a detached retina. He underwent emergency surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital and while the doctors are optimistic that he will get his sight back, the family are still waiting for the final test results.

Mum, Emma Chiocci, comments: “He has dealt with so much in his life and he never complains. He just takes everything in his stride and keeps on smiling. In fact, he’s dealing with it all a lot better than I am! He was scared to have the surgery but he was so brave and did amazingly well. He is our hero.”

Joshua will receive a medal, certificate and a £50 voucher as part of his prize.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “The Little Trooper of the Month scheme is about recognising military children who have been exceptionally brave and when we saw Joshua’s nomination it was clear that he has shown amazing strength and resilience. We hope that winning this award makes him feel proud of being a Little Trooper.”

This months Little Trooper of the month award has kindly been sponsored by Amazon.

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Joshua Chiocci

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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