Emotional reunion of a Portsmouth father and son features in military calendar

Kian Roche welcomes back his dad Adam
Kian Roche welcomes back his dad Adam
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IT IS the magical moment a son was reunited with his beloved dad after almost a year apart.

And now this touching image of the Portsmouth duo is to feature in a nationwide calendar.

Kian stayed embraced like this with his dad for most of the day I think he was a little afraid to let go

Stevie Roche

Kian Roche, four, was snapped hugging and kissing his dad Adam during the homecoming of HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth in December last year.

The emotional reunion is now part of the 2017 Military Moments calendar, which is raising cash for armed forces charity Little Troopers.

Kian’s mum, Stevie, said the photo captured the incredibly close bond between her husband and son.

‘Kian stayed embraced like this with his dad for most of the day. I think he was a little afraid to let go,’ she said.

The image has been selected along with 14 others for the calendar, which shows special moments between those serving the country and the children they leave behind.

The money raised from the calendar sales will go to Little Troopers and help the charity support some 150,000 armed forces children.

Louise Fetigan, founder and operations manager of Little Troopers, said: ‘Photos like this show the happiness and powerful emotions experienced during a homecoming.

‘Even though our British armed forces are not being deployed to a war zone at the moment, they do regularly spend time apart from the family.

‘These photos capture very special moments in time and give families something to treasure while they are apart.’

Little Troopers provides key support for children to help cope with the separation from a loved one on deployment.

Stevie added it was a service her family had taken advantage of during Adam’s nine-month mission overseas.

‘Kian and Adam are over the moon to have won,’ she added.

‘It is a proud moment for both of them, especially for something as close to our hearts as a forces charity.

‘Last year Kian suffered with separation anxiety and I used the tools available on Little Troopers’ website, including the separation pack, to ease this.’

Adam is an engineering technician in the Royal Navy and is based at HMS Excellent, Whale Island.

The calendars are for sale at £9,99 and are available at littletroopers.net