This Morning fans in tears as soldier brothers reunited with children

Welcome home daddies! This Morning viewers are left in tears as two soldier brothers are reunited with their children at Lapland UK after nine months apart

  • Soldier brothers were reunited with their children at Lapland UK on This Morning
  • Captain David Rawdon and Sergeant Major John Rawdon from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment appeared on the ITV programme 
  • They were reunited with their children and partners at Santa Claus’s grotto
  • This Morning viewers have been left in tears after two soldier brothers were reunited with their children at Lapland UK after nine months apart at.

    Captain David Rawdon and Sergeant Major John Rawdon from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment appeared on the ITV programme today to be reconnected with their partners and children.

    In an emotional segment, presenter Josie Gibson arrived at Lapland UK, in Ascot, to reunite the young children with their fathers, who have been away for up to nine months.

    The youngsters were speaking to Santa Claus when their fathers entered the grotto – and the resulting tearful family hugs left viewers at home sobbing.

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    This Morning viewers have been left in tears after two soldier brothers (pictured) were reunited with their children at Lapland UK after nine months apart at

    Pictured, one of the soldiers reuniting with his children

    This Morning viewers have been left in tears after two soldier brothers (pictured) were reunited with their children at Lapland UK after nine months apart at

    Captain David Rawdon and Sergeant Major John Rawdon (pictured left and centre) from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment appeared on the ITV programme today to be reconnected with their partners and children

    Captain David Rawdon and Sergeant Major John Rawdon (pictured left and centre) from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment appeared on the ITV programme today to be reconnected with their partners and children

    Before entering the grotto, David admitted: ‘I’m very excited and a little bit nervous.’

    John’s partner also spoke about how he missed one Christmas with their eldest, saying: ‘It was really tough, you try and make it as magical as possible but when Daddy’s not their on Christmas morning it’s very sad for them.’

    Following the emotional reunions, Twitter users were keen to comment on the segment and took to the social media platform.

    One fan wrote: ‘It’s an emotional rollercoaster #ThisMorning. I couldn’t stop laughing at chimney bloke and now I’m crying at kids reuniting with their dads’

    Another added: ‘Blubbing away at @thismorning,’ while a third said: ‘I don’t cry easily but I’m gone.’

    Reaction: The youngsters were speaking to Santa Claus when their fathers entered the grotto - and the resulting tearful family hugs left viewers at home sobbing

    Reaction: The youngsters were speaking to Santa Claus when their fathers entered the grotto – and the resulting tearful family hugs left viewers at home sobbing

    While a fourth viewer penned: ‘When the little girl yelled “daddy”. I cried,’ while a fifth said: ‘#ThisMorning reuniting their kids with their military dads for Christmas has me an absolute mess.’  

    Little Troopers, the military children’s charity, helped to organise the reunions. The charity is ten years old this year and supports all children who have parents serving in the British Armed Forces.

    The reunions were part of its Christmas Smiles campaign, which aims to bring smiles to as many military children as possible during the holidays, especially all those families who have someone deployed over the festive season.

    As well as the reunions, the charity has partnered with the Build-A-Bear Foundation to distribute 2,000 free teddies to military children across the UK, plus are giving away free pantomime and cinema tickets for military families. 

    In an emotional segment, presenter Josie Gibson arrived at Lapland UK, in Ascot, to reunite the young children (pictured) with their fathers, who have been away for up to nine months

    In an emotional segment, presenter Josie Gibson arrived at Lapland UK, in Ascot, to reunite the young children (pictured) with their fathers, who have been away for up to nine months

    Before entering the grotto (pictured), David admitted: 'I'm very excited and a little bit nervous.'

    Before entering the grotto (pictured), David admitted: ‘I’m very excited and a little bit nervous.’

    Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: ‘We are always honoured to be part of that special moment where military families are reunited after a long period of time and it was wonderful to see the pure joy on the children’s faces when their dads walked in the room.

    ‘Of course, there are still lots of military children with loved ones deployed over Christmas. That’s why we always run Christmas Smiles. Thanks to our fundraisers and partners, this year is bigger and better than ever before.

    ‘There are lots of ways that families can get involved and benefit this Christmas and we hope these things make military children smile and help them to feel part of our very special community of little troopers.’