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Big day for Scotty's Little Soldiers

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Scotty's Little Soldiers will kick off a rugby marathon at Welford Road tomorrow morning (Friday) after the Red Devils parachute display team have delivered their matchball.

A Scotty's Invitational team will take on a Tri-services squad in a 15-a-side full contact rugby match over 25 hours at the home of Leicester Tigers in an attempt to beat the current record, held by Congleton RFC, which stands at 24 hours 30 minutes and 6 seconds.

The game aims to raise awareness and funds for Scotty's Little Soldiers, a charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces.

Tgers fans and the general public are encouraged to show their support during the record bid by coming down to Welford Road (tickets are just £5) and cheering the teams on and organisers are planning family activities at the event too. Gates open at 9am. More details and tickets are available at http://www.scottysworldrecordfundraiser.co.uk/

Inspired by the experience of army widow Nichola Scott, the charity honours her husband Corporal Lee 'Scotty' Scott's memory – as a soldier and father – and provides an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation of those who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

The charity provides treats, trips and activities for affected families with the aim of offering a respite from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.

Tigers legend Ben Kay is a patron of Scotty's Little Soldiers, while long-serving Tgers player Louis Deacon has adopted the cause as one of his benefit year charities.

Tigers and England forward Deacon said: “When I first heard of Scotty's Little Soldiers, I instantly wanted to support them during my benefit year. It is a charity that I will continue to support and raise awareness for.”

The RAF wive's choir will be presenting a musical backdrop to the opening stages of the event, with the Red Devils delivering the matchball ahead of kick-off.