Central Maintenance Unit & the Welsh 3,000

Corporal Lee “Scotty” Scott, 26, of The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was killed on Friday July 10th 2009 in an explosion while taking part in Operation Panther’s Claw, Afghanistan.

Lee was a devoted family man who loved children none more than his own. His daughter Brooke was seven months old and his son Kai five years old at the time of his death. The difficulty Kai had with coming to terms with the death of his father and her own personnel experience inspired his widow Nichola Scott to set up the charity ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’. The charity aimed to provide support for the children of men and women killed whilst serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers has received support from David Beckham, Lawrence Dallaglio and recently Paul Hardcastle agreed to donate all of the profits from his re-released single ‘19’ to the charity.

Corporal Sean Galley was Lee’s cousin. Growing up living mere minutes from each others house, Sean, Lee and his brother Dean were inseparable throughout their childhoods getting into all sorts of mischief together. The death of Lee has left a void in his family that can never be filled.

With this in mind Corporal Sean Galley, Senior Aircraftsmen (Tech)’s Matt Walker, Duncan Olive, Benji Warnes, Bryn Thompson and Dickie Baker all from the Central Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAF Marham decided to raise money for two charities aimed at helping children who have lost a loved one.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers which is based in Kings Lynn and Nelson’s Journey which is based in Norwich.

Nelson’s journey was set up by Katie and Hannah Greensmith who sadly woke up one morning to find their mother dead in her bed. Katie was four and Hannah was two. It is because of Katie and Hannah’s experience of losing a parent and the anger, confusion and distress that followed, is why Nelson’s Journey exists today. The idea of generating money for two local charities one service and one civilian seemed ideal.

After much deliberation on what to do they decided to attempt the Welsh 3,000’s. This is a challenge which involves visiting all 15 peaks above 3,000ft in the Snowdonia range in 24 hours covering approximately 30 miles. A considerable step up from the popular three peaks they have been training hard since for six months in the build up to the attempt on 2nd July. With little mountaineering experience between them they enlisted the aid of an experienced mountaineer Chief Technician (C/T) Buller also from the CMU at RAF Marham who has seriously put them through their paces and helped them realize the enormity of what they are planning.

As well as the sponsored event they have organized two side events to boost the total amount raised. They petitioned Kings Lynn and Norwich businesses for raffle prizes, which was considerably difficult in the current financial climate, obtaining an assortment of prizes ranging from a huge cuddly dog to a signed Norwich City FC shirt and ball. The Raffle will be drawn at a summer BBQ where it’s hoped to raise further funds. The second event is a charity golf day which will be held at RAF Marham. More work is underway to obtain some extra prizes from local golfing shops and clubs.

With these three events we hope to raise £5,000. If anybody would like to support the group with their fundraising efforts, please see the following:

Our charity donation webpage is www.charitygiving.co.uk/cmuscramblers which we hope by receiving publicity people will donate to. More info on the charities can be found at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk and www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/

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