On Monday 20th June 2016, Aggie’s Storybook Waves launched the Aggie’s Hero Medal. Every child who receives a Storybook Waves CD will now also receive an Aggie’s Hero Medal in recognition of the sacrifice that they make, and the courage that they show when they are separated from Daddy or Mummy due to deployment, courses or weekending.
The first child to receive the Aggie’s Hero Medal was Peter Jane aged 3. His father Lt Cdr Sam Jane is currently deployed on HMS Iron Duke and has been away for 7 Months. Marazanne Jane, Peter’s Mother remarked ‘The Aggie’s Hero Medal is a fantastic idea and a great way of acknowledging that he has coped exceptionally well with Daddy being away for so long, we are very much looking forward to showing Daddy Peter’s Medal when he returns home.’
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines is the most separated service, with many service children saying goodbye to Mummy or Daddy for many months at a time, and whilst they are separated from their parent they work very hard to cope with the separation and anxiety that deployments can cause.
Project Manager, Kathryn Hearn said ‘Service Children are very resilient and cope with a lot when a parent goes away, this is Aggie’s way of saying Thank you’.
The Aggie’s Hero medal is funded by a grant generously given by the Annington Trust.
For more information on the work of the Annington Trust visit www.anningtontrust.org.
For more information on the Storybook Waves project contact Project Manager Kathryn Hearn on 07779998988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.