County Sports Officer SSI Jordan Bullman is running 100 miles in 31 days to raise money for the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.
The charity began in the aftermath of the death of Corporal Lee Scott who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving a wife and two children. Seeing the devasting impact his loss had on the children, his widow, Nikki Scott, founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers to support the children of other service personnel who were in similar circumstances. The charity has since done a great deal of fantastic work supporting hundreds of children and young people, garnered support from Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and been recognised with The Sun Military Award in 2012 and a British Empire Medal (BEM) for its founder in the 2021 Honours List.
SSI Bullman runs past a display of poppies in Chatteris churchyard. Picture; Doug Stuart
SSI Bullman said: "I chose Scotty’s Little Soldiers after reading Nikki Scott’s story about her setting up the charity. To read that she received a BEM is very well deserved." During his time with Cambs ACF, SSI Bullman has met many serving and ex-service personnel, and got to meet their families, giving this charity a personal dimension for him. “Its really important that we support our armed forces and their families” he said.
SSI Bullman began his challenge on 2nd January, running around the streets of Chatteris and at home on a treadmill. He has completed 39 miles and raised £160 so far. He intends to complete the remaining 61 miles over the next 19 days.
SSI Bullman running in Chatteris. Picture; Doug Stuart
As well as supporting our Armed Forces, SSI Bullman is also keen to set a good example to adults and cadets with physical activity, which is all the more important during the lockdown when we are otherwise less active than usual.
Text by PI Doug Stuart with thanks to SSI Bullman.