SOAP star Simon Gregson, aka Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald, and Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock were on hand to bring festive cheer to the annual Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party for children of fallen heroes.

The Shrewsbury party was the fourth organised by the charity, which was founded by Army widow Nikki Scott in 2010 and supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces, aiming to help them smile again.

Described as “a magical and interactive adventure through the different worlds of fantasy and mystery”, the event treated more than 170 children to an array of exciting activities including a live performance from upcoming boy band New Hope Club.

Guests had the chance to sample sweet treats with Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, mix potions and cast spells with Professor Snape and test their secret agent skills as they traversed a labyrinth of laser beams. Each child also had the chance to visit Santa in his grotto and received a gift to take home.

Simon said: “I’ve had family who’ve served in the Armed Forces so I wanted to help. Scotty’s has been a part of my life for five years and it’s very inspiring. Here, the kids know they are not alone.”

Nikki Scott was once again overjoyed with the success of the event. She said: “This year’s party was our best yet, every year they get bigger and bigger.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for children following the loss of a parent and the aim of the party is to provide festive fun and cheer. We were delighted Simon, Oliver and the New Hope Club could join us and help get the Christmas period off to a wonderful start. They all really helped make it a truly memorable day for all the children.”  

To find out more about Scotty’s Little Soldiers and its work, visit www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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