We’re really pleased to tell you about the fantastic achievement of Robbie – a Scout in the 77th Braid Scout Group.

Robbie, who is from North Berwick, has been awarded the Medal for Meritorious Conduct which was presented by the Chief Commissioner for Scotland Graham Haddock.  The Medal for Meritorious Conduct is awarded for conduct involving ‘a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative or devotion duty, often under sufferring, without necessarily involving any element of risk’ and will be formally recognised at the National Day of Celebration and Achievement at Windsor Castle in April.

Robbie receives his award from Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland

Robbie receives his award from Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland

Pam Dalgleish, said she is ‘incredibly proud’.

“It came completely out of the blue that Robbie was getting the award. He has been a Scout for a few years and he absolutely loves it. Robbie has had a difficult year and been in and out of hospital since June. But he is still really positive and enthusiastic and although I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet, I know this will mean a huge amount to him. Robbie’s dad and I are really looking forward to watching the presentation on Friday.”

Robbie has a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis type I and complications from his condition have meant that he is now mostly confined to a wheelchair.  But that doesn’t stop him from attending weekly meetings with the rest of the 77th Braid Group.

The 77th Braid Scout Group was restarted around four years ago to provide scouting opportunities for those with visual impairment and life-limiting conditions.

Michael Mair, Group Scout Leader of the 77th Braid, said: “We are incredibly proud of Robbie, who had been part of the group since its inception, and of all he had achieved, particularly in the last few months.”

Image courtesy and copyright of Sandy Young, Royal Blind School