Holiday for hero’s son

Brandon Campbell, seen here with mum Lisa unveiling a plaque at Pelton Community Centre in memory of his dad, has been offered a holiday by national charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.
Brandon Campbell, seen here with mum Lisa unveiling a plaque at Pelton Community Centre in memory of his dad, has been offered a holiday by national charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.
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THE son of a soldier killed in a Taliban ambush, is to enjoy a much-needed holiday with his mum thanks to a national charity.

Brandon Campbell, 10, is being sent on a holiday treat as he still struggles to come to terms with the death of dad Steven Campbell.

The 30-year-old, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died after the enemy lay in wait to detonate a hidden bomb while he was riding a quad bike on patrol in Afghanistan.

Now the national charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers has approached Brandon and his mum Lisa, 34, to offer them a break.

The group was launched last year to support the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces.

Lisa, from Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, said: “It’s a lovely thing that the charity is doing. Brandon has been through a lot and he deserves to be spoiled.”

Serjeant Campbell was killed last year in the desert town of Sangin during an ambush.

The dad-of-one was delivering ammunition pulled by the bike on a trailer to another base less than a mile away.

Earlier this month, it also emerged that some of Sjt Campbell’s possessions were stolen in a sick theft at a barracks in Edinburgh.

Last April, just days after his death, thieves plundered keepsakes worth thousands of pounds from Army personnel while the soldiers were fighting in Afghanistan.

As troops were putting their lives on the line, the raid was taking place at Redford and Dreghorn Barracks in the Scottish capital.

The HQ is used to house valuables owned by soldiers on critical postings in war zones all over the world.

Watches, jewellery, TVs and even a washing machine were taken in the raid and the majority of victims were serving in the 3 Rifles Regiment, which has now lost more than 30 men in Helmand province.

Today, bosses at Scotty’s Little Soldiers said they were happy to help out Sjt Campbell’s family.

The charity was founded following the experiences of army widow, Nichola Scott, and her two young children.

It honours her husband 2nd Royal Tank Regiment soldier Corporal Lee “Scotty” Scott, 26, from Norfolk, who lost his life in July 2009 to a Taliban bomb in Helmand Province.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Families like the Campbells go through agony when they lose a family member and we want to help as many people like Brandon as we can.”

l For more information, visit the website www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk