Forces wife Emylie Jennings pays tribute to her fallen husband, as she marks the 10th anniversary of his death

22nd December 2021, marks 10 years since the Armed Forces widow and mother of two from Bournemouth, received the news that her husband, and father to her two children, Captain Tomasz (Tom) Jennings, had been killed while on tour in Afghanistan.

Their sons, Christopher and Oliver, were just three years and 19 months old.

This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of Tom’s death, and to help raise money for two charities which have supported her sons, Emylie has decided to organise 10 fundraising events and challenges.

The fundraising events will all take place on different dates throughout the year and will help raise vital funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which has offered integral support to Christopher (13) and Oliver (11), over the last seven years and the Special Boat Service Association (SBSA).

Emylie kick started her fundraising efforts in May by tackling the start of the Jurassic Coast Challenge, a 100km walk across the iconic Dorset Coast.

Christopher and Oliver also joined in by completing a junior triathlon challenge, alongside their friends.

To ensure family and friends of all ages can join in and pay their tribute to Tom, Emylie has organised a variety events, which all culminate in a virtual auction to be held on 22nd December, the official anniversary of the day Tom was killed.

Emylie said: “This year marks 10 years since Tom was taken from us, and the boys and I wanted to mark it by organising a number of events and challenges that we knew Tom would love and that everyone who loved him could get involved in.

Tom was such an outgoing guy, he loved being active, he loved being around his family, so the challenges we’ve selected are all things we know he have would loved doing.”

To donate to Emylie’s 10 challenge fundraiser visit:

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