Site wardens and older Scouts are now being trained to use the state-of-the-art equipment. It has been registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service so is available for anyone having heart problems in the area that also covers Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre, Willesley Lake and the golf course….Following the sudden death of Ashby Explorer Scout Alex Grose at the campsite in 2010 aged just 16, family and friends contributed to a Memorial Fund in his name. To date, the charity has donated more than £35,000 to local youth groups and individuals including equipment for Willesley campsite, match shirts for Ashby RFC and has established an annual bursary through Ashby School. Last year, it supported an Explorer Scout expedition to Brazil which included a number of Alex’s Scout friends.
“Even if this equipment had been available back then, I don’t think it would have saved Alex” reflects Dad David who is Chair of the charity’s Trustees. “But even if it can only help one person, it will have been a worthwhile investment.”
The Alex Grose Memorial Fund is holding a ball at Sir John Moore’s School in Appleby Magna on 8th November to raise money to continue the charity’s work. Tickets and information are available from AGMF@btinternet.com
Donations can be made via www.virginmoneygiving.com
Endurance Explorer Scouts being trained to use the defibrillator at Willesley campsite by Leicestershire Scouts Deputy County Commissioner and Emergency First Responder Richard Nevin