MORE than 235 people from UK Forces families gathered in Pirbright for a special adventure weekend organised by Little Troopers.

The fifth summer camp hosted by the charity was the first to welcome families from all three Services as children enjoyed activities including Chelsea FC coaching, survival, magic and circus skills workshops, a Saturday-night festival, swimming, Laser Quest and a dance academy.

Charity founder Louise Fetigan said it was “brilliant” to see families from all of the Armed Forces come together, adding: “I am so pleased we have been able to extend our reach and this weekend has proven it was the right decision.

“I’ve seen so many children making new friends and going off in groups talking about what it is like for them to have a mum or dad serving.”

Little Troopers aims to strengthen the special bond between a soldier and their family. Long deployments and training courses can take personnel away for up to nine months a year, so the charity organises activities and provides online resources to help families stay connected.

After the weekend, one parent said: “Thanks for a great weekend at Pirbright camp. The kids loved all the activities – the ‘Buttons Show’ and the big climbing wall were tops. Thanks Little Troopers!”

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