The amazing amount of £1,904 was raised when Grand Union Lodge No. 9641 in Buckinghamshire held a Memorial Golf Day in memory of the late Colin Cruse, a Past Master of the Lodge

The event was hosted by Peter Critchley at The Three Locks Golf Club in Stoke Hammond and the winning team 'The Capitanos were from Brickhill Lodge No. 6968. Money raised from the event, which will now be held annually, was sent to support Colin’s favoured charity, Medical Detection Dogs.

Colin’s widow Trisher presented the cheque to Joy Rooks from Medical Detection Dogs.

Grand Union Lodge No. 9641 in Buckinghamshire has presented a cheque for £1,500 to Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK.

Nikki and Lee have two children, Kai and Brooke, so Nikki saw first-hand the effect the loss of a loved one in these circumstances can have on a child. It was on a family holiday some nine months after Lee was killed that Nikki saw her son Kai, five at the time, laugh and smile for the first time since his dad’s death.

She realised that there must be so many more children who had also lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces, but hadn’t had that opportunity to smile again. As a result, Nikki decided to set up the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers to do just that – to help children smile.

Support offered to the children includes fun activities such as holiday breaks and group events, personal development assistance through educational grants and access to professional bereavement counselling.

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