A CALENDAR showing special moments between some of the country’s amazing soldiers and their children has gone on sale.
The 2016 calendar, produced by My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures, shows what “Me and My Soldier” means to serving families. The charity ran a competition for families to submit their photos to be included, with first prize awarded to a photo (below) of friends Lily Townley-Taylor and Phoenix Prue (both aged two) playing in an old uniform.
Lily’s mum, Charlotte, said: “We thought it was a perfect way to express how children can become best friends through their daddies being in the Army together. Phoenix and Lily love spending time together – young love!”
Second prize was awarded to Amy and Lana Osborne (aged four and two), whose photo (below) was taken after their dad did a reading during the Consecration of the Regimental Colour service at St Barnabas Church, Dhekelia, Cyprus.
Another 11 youngsters – known by the charity as Little Troopers – will each have a page in the 2016 calendar, including the front cover, while 25 more that were shortlisted will feature on the back cover.
Louise Fetigan, charity founder, said: “Growing up in an Army family can be so hard, but also so rewarding. We received over 300 pictures for our calendar competition from families based across the world.
“It’s humbling to see the pride they have for their soldier and the special bond that they share even though they can be apart for many months of a year.”
My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures supports the children of British soldiers, both full-time and those serving with the Reserves.
It aims to build a community where the children and parent at home can support each other, share their experiences and find coping mechanisms for long tours.
Get your copy
The calendar costs just £9.99 and can be purchased at www.mydaddyisasoldieradventures.org