Comet Community Awards 2018: Stevenage scout leader nominated for ‘incredible service’
PUBLISHED: 17:01 03 March 2018
A Stevenage scout leader has been nominated in this year’s Comet Community Awards for his “incredible service”.
Robert Wright has been put forward for the Lifetime Achievement and Valiant Volunteer categories – having been a leader in the movement for more than 20 years, and running two troops for about a decade.
In his nomination entry, his son Phillip said: “I am very proud of my dad and feel he has provided an incredible service to Stevenage, scouting and especially the Chells area.
“He took over a second troop many years ago due to the fact there was nobody willing to do it and he didn’t want to disappoint the kids.
“He wanted them to have the same opportunities I had as a child, helping me to become the man I am today. He believes, as I do, scouting has led to me achieving my ambition as a child to become a firefighter.
“Even after having heart failure nine years ago and being told to slow down, he’s insisted in running both troop nights as to not let the community or the children down.
“He’s also taken on extra responsibilities such as becoming the Chells Scout Group quartermaster and a nights away assessor, ensuring leaders in the scouting movement are up to standard and safe to take children away.
“He was also always the first parent to volunteer to help at any other event we took part in when I was growing up, picking up many a child from all over Stevenage to ensure they didn’t miss out.
“He’s done all this while working an extremely stressful job launching rockets for what is now Airbus, and the major heart issues I’ve mentioned.
“My father’s commitment to the scouting movement and youth activities in Stevenage is second to none and many a child will agree he fully deserves this award.”
This year’s awards have 12 categories – and there is no limit to the number of categories individuals or groups can be nominated for. To view them all and make a nomination before the April deadline visit www.cometcommunityawards.co.uk.