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King’s Lynn charity founder awarded British Empire Medal in New Year’s Honours

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The founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers has been honoured in the New Year’s Honours List.

Nikki Scott-Howlin has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to charity in the awards, which have been published this evening.

Nikki, from Lynn, founded the charity 10 years ago after the death of her husband Lee while on active service in Afghanistan.

Nikki Scott
Nikki Scott

The charity, which is based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, works with the children of fallen servicemen all over the UK by providing them with holidays and other much-needed support.

Nikki said: “I actually can’t believe it! I find these things a little awkward, because everything we do at Scotty’s is a team effort, so I’m accepting this on behalf of the whole Scotty’s team.”

The award caps quite a Christmas for Scotty’s. On Boxing Day Piers Morgan appeared on peak-time ITV to play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for the charity.

The honours list also includes an OBE for Doug Field, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, for services to business in Norfolk and Suffolk, while Wells Lifeboat crew member Philip Eaglen receives an MBE for services to the RNLI.

The former chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly, receives the Queen’s Police Medal alongside the force’s current assistant chief constable, Kerrin Wilson.

And two members of staff on the Sandringham estate have also been recognised.

Kevin David Steward has been appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for services to catering at the estate’s Visitor Centre.

And tractor driver Anthony John Hardingham has been given the Royal Victorian Medal (Gold) for his work.

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