CHILDREN’S Armed Forces charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers is encouraging adults and children alike to complete 26.2 miles of exercise in May as part of an initiative to raise money for youngsters who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.

The virtual Month of May Marathon is not just for the running community, but a challenge which everyone can get involved in. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is encouraging you to complete 26.2 miles in any way you wish during the month.

Scotty’s, which was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, was set up in memory of father and husband Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. The charity provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children across the UK and relies on vital donations to ensure it can continue to deliver a high level of support to its members.

Whatever your age, size or fitness level you can take part in the Month of May Marathon and it’s free to sign up to. After creating a fundraising page on, each time you run, walk or jog you can update the distance on your profile.

Once signed up, you can update friends by posting your progress online, encouraging them to support through sponsorship.

Charity founder Nikki Scott said: “Now that spring is here, we think it’s the perfect time for the Month of May Marathon and for people to get outdoors. We’re not just looking for avid runners, but anyone who’s keen to raise money throughout the month. We’d like as many people as possible to get involved and all money raised will aid us in our mission to help our heroes’ children smile again.”

In true Scotty’s style, there will be fundraising memorabilia as a reward for those who take part and raise money. This includes a free Scotty’s fundraising headband when you raise £50 or more, a Month of May Marathon medal when you raise in excess of £100 and a free running vest for those who raise £150. Everyone who reaches their goal of 26.2 miles will also receive a thank you certificate.

Click here for more information or to get involved.

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