A charity which supports children who have lost loved ones serving in the British armed forces has opened a holiday home at Haggerston Castle.
The lodge at the holiday park near Berwick is intended to offer more families with the chance to take a much needed break following the loss of a loved one.
The holiday home at Haggerston is the fourth in the UK opened by the charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
A Scotty’s Little Soldiers mum, Lynzy Savage, and her son Connor were delighted to cut the ribbon to open the holiday home, on behalf of charity founder Nikki Scott.
Nikki said: “Three holiday lodges was always the goal at the start of this journey and to go beyond that with the opening of a fourth home just shows how far Scotty’s has come. We’ve achieved so much more than we ever thought was possible.
“I grow prouder every day of everything that the charity has accomplished and I love that people want to help those children who are left without a parent. I cannot put into words how amazing it is that people want to support”.
Nikki has two children, 10-year-old Kai and five-year-old Brooke, with her late husband Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009.
She was inspired to start the charity as a way of supporting the children left behind and helping them smile again.
The charity not only provide holiday retreats for members but also send gifts on Birthdays and Christmas and supports families as they rebuild their lives.
Each lodge is filled with home comforts, and the charity ensures that the families have everything they could need, from bedding to high chairs and toys and games. Scotty’s also cover travel fees and provide each family with £100 every time they stay to help towards both food and activities.
Nikki added: “Haggerston Castle is a truly beautiful location and the perfect place for our fourth lodge.”
Army widow Lynzy Savage lost her husband Cpl William Savage of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, in Afghanistan in April 2013. She said: “As Connor grows older and starts to understand the true impact of what has happened things only get harder. That’s why Scotty’s is so important to us and to so many other families. Connor and I were so excited to be the first in the fourth Scotty’s lodge. It’s great to finally see him with a smile on his face.”