Posted on January 15, 2019
Jamie Small’s father took his own life after leaving the Army in 2016.
He served for 21 years as a Royal Logistic Corps Chef and carried out tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Now his memory lives through his son’s fundraising efforts. Jamie has been raising money for the military charity SSAFA to stop others going through what he had. He said he was inspired after watching a young boy on ‘Pride of Britain’ who was raising money for charity.
“After my dad took his own life and SSAFA had helped us, I thought after seeing that little boy that maybe I could help give SSAFA something back.” He further explained how the charity supported him and his mum during a difficult time.
“They helped organise the funeral. They helped keep my mum strong to help get me through it too.” His efforts have included hosting a charity fun day at his school and so far he’s raised over £5,000. He’s since been nominated for a Soldiering on Award in the Family Values category.
Mandy Small who’s also a veteran said her son’s determination to help others has brought “the whole community together. The way the whole community came together made me so proud that a ten-year-old could bring that out of people.” She described him as “an amazing little man”.
Jamie said he “couldn’t even describe” how he felt after being told he’d been nominated for an award for his commitment and support to the charity.
The Soldiering on Awards will take place on 5th April.