Children whose soldier parents are serving in Afghanistan were given a weekend treat of football training and pop music.
The special event was held at the home of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and 7 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps at Kendrew Barracks, in Cottesmore. It was intended to help ease the pain of separation faced by children whose parents work at the base but are serving overseas.
The weekend’s events were organised by the national charity My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures, which provides essential resources to ease and aid the separation period children face as well as organising events across the globe to provide an environment where the people involved understand that the children need support.
Louise Fetigan is the charity’s founder.
She said: “We got a very warm welcome from the children at Kendrew Barracks.
“We ran events for children with parents currently serving in Afghanistan and the smiles we got in return were simply fantastic.
“We managed, even if for just one weekend, to bring some sunshine to their lives.
“It truly was an amazing weekend with some very special children.”
Over two days children were introduced to a host of interesting activities including coaching and football fun held by the Chelsea FC Foundation and a Pop Academy which was run by Sean and Sarah from Same Difference, of X Factor fame.
Ms Fetigan added that the charity recognises the daily and unique challenges military children face and their aim was to ensure the kids feel supported.
More than 300 troops from Kendrew Barracks are currently serving in Afghanistan.