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Blog | 10 May 2023

We're so proud of our Coronation Champions


At Scouts, we understand the power and importance of volunteering. It’s at the heart of what we do. That’s why we’re proud that so many of our Scouts’ volunteers have been named as Coronation Champions.

A graphic with the text 'Congratulations Coronation Champions'. The coronation logo and the logo of the Royal Voluntary Service are also included..

Celebrating inspirational volunteers

The Coronation Champions Awards were launched by the Royal Voluntary Service and supported by HM Queen Camilla, as part of the Coronation festivities. These prestigious awards have been given to five hundred people, who’ve shown an inspirational commitment to volunteering, from across the UK. The recipients of this award, ageing from fourteen to one hundred and three, were chosen by a panel of judges led by Queen Camilla.

Just some of Scouts’ inspirational champions

It’ll come as no surprise to discover many of our wonderful Scouts’ volunteers received the award. Here are just a few of them.

  • Nicky Taylor, from Flitwick, is a volunteer who believes in nurturing a ‘can do’ attitude in young people. Pivotal to the running of her local Squirrels, Cubs and Scouts groups, Nicky is an archery instructor and holds a permit for narrow boating. A retired foster carer, Nicky has organised several Scout camps and sleepovers. Well done, Nicky, volunteers like you make all the difference in the lives of so many!
  • Frank McHugh is a hugely worthy winner of the award. From Dalmellington, Frank has been a central part of the 33rd Ayrshire Scout Group for over 70 years. A recipient of both the Queen’s Scout Award and the Silver Wolf, Frank has dedicated himself to volunteering, notably as a canoe instructor. Huge congratulations to Frank, a true Coronation Champion.
  • Heather Fowler from 4th Worcester Park Scouts (Silver Troop) is an example to us all, volunteering with both Scouts and Girlguiding. Heather is an amazing fundraiser, and an expert on camping, passing on her knowledge in first aid, survival, navigation and preserving our environment. Brilliant work!
  • We’re thrilled that Nigel Bailey, a volunteer from 5th Saffron Walden District Scouts Group has received this award. Nigel is a force for good in his community, doing great work for a premature baby charity and supporting grassroots football. He led innovation during lockdown, delivering virtual camps for more than two hundred young people. Well done, Nigel!
  • Alan Davies from Grangetown, Cardiff is an amazing volunteer, passing on skills for life to the 13th Cardiff Scout Group. With 6 decades of service to his community, Alan deserves huge congratulations.

Inspirational volunteers

At Scouts, we’d like to thank all the recipients of the Coronation Champions Award for the amazing work they’ve done. Here are some, but not all, of the winners associated with Scouts, Mick Carney from Sidmouth, Karen Woods from Blackburn, John Brisley from Medway Towns, Lesley Greene from Stroud, Holly Cooper from Hatfield, Richard Winser from Huntingdon, Ian Taylor from Bridlington, Peter Aldous from Lowestoft, and Craig Somerville from Rosyth.

Well-deserved rewards

In addition to our admiration, each Coronation Champion received a signed certificate from HM The King and Queen Camilla, a pin badge, and a special invite to one of the Coronation Celebrations, for example, the Windsor Castle Coronation Concert. It’s great to hear that these volunteers, usually dedicated to service, are being treated as VIPs.

Champions for a new era

The coronation of The King and Queen Camilla, begins an exciting new era for us all. We’re sure each and every recipient of the Coronation Champions Awards provides an inspirational example to all of us, young and old, highlighting the pivotal nature of volunteers to the success of our communities. This is something we, at Scouts, fully understand.

Congratulations to you all.

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