Scouting leaders scoop up award

Margaret Eckton-David Thornton-Roy Acomb
Margaret Eckton-David Thornton-Roy Acomb

Inspirational leaders are left feeling humbled after being recognised for their services to scouting.

Roy Acomb and Margaret Eckton are the founders of Bradbury Scout Group, in Leyland, which caters to six to 16-year-olds suffering with a variety of special needs.

The pair’s work has now led them to pick up the ‘Scouts Silver Challenge Cup’, an award presented every year to each scout county in rotation.

West Lancashire and the County Commissioner Carl Hankinson made the decision, after Roy’s and Margaret’s names were submitted for the prize.

David Thornton, an officer with the scout movement in Lancashire, presented the cup at the St Mary’s Church event.

Roy, who has been scouting for 25 years, said: “I feel very proud to have won, especially since it only comes round to our area once every three years.

“Margaret feels the same as me.

“We have had lots of congratulations and well dones, and touch wood we have had no negative feedback.

“The applause we got was very good - it was nice.

“It made me feel very humbled.

“David is coming down to visit the group, so that the kids can have a look at the cup.”

This is a particularly successful year for Bradbury Scout Group, since they have recently secured funding from Lancashire County Council.

The team were awarded £300 by Coun Carolyn Evans, who was impressed with how closely the group manage to follow the mainstream Scouting Programme.

The money awarded is being put towards specialist camping equipment, to ensure that the children have the chance to go camping, climbing and canoeing.

Currently there are 14 members on Roy and Margaret’s books.

Roy, who set up the group in 2004, said: “It is very hard work, but it is also very rewarding.

“When the children succeed it gives you a little glow inside.