Video: Hundreds gather to celebrate young scout leader's life

PUBLISHED: 18:35 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:32 05 May 2010

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Hundreds of people celebrated the life of a young scout leader who died while on an expedition. Tom Moore, 21, of Jessop Road, Stevenage fell 1,000ft down a ravine two weeks ago while on a two-week trip to Liechtenstein with Hertfordshire Scouts. The assi

As the coffin was carried into the church dozens of scouts formed a guard of honour.

Hundreds of people celebrated the life of a young scout leader who died while on an expedition.

Tom Moore, 21, of Jessop Road, Stevenage fell 1,000ft down a ravine two weeks ago while on a two-week trip to Liechtenstein with Hertfordshire Scouts.

The assistant explorer scout leader travelled to Liechtenstein with 50 other scouts but towards the end of the trip he decided to go walking on his own up the Mittagspitze mountain.

But when he did not join the main party on its scheduled return to the UK, members of the team alerted police and a search was carried. His body was found two days later on August 11.

Today (Thursday) his family, friends and fellow scouts gathered at St Andrew and St George's Church to pay their respects and to hear that the Stevenage scouting network which Tom helped to set up is going to be named after him. As the coffin was carried into the church dozens of scouts formed a guard of honour.

During the service Ruth Jermy, deputy district commissioner for Stevenage Scouts, said: "Tom belonged to two families - the family into which he was born that nurtured and loved him and the family he joined at the age of six - the family of scouts.

"The scouting family is different because of the emphasis it plays on certain core family values of encouraging members to do their best and try their hardest which Tom did.

"We also want them to respect one another which Tom did and we do our best to appreciate the world around us which again Tom did.

"Tom was solid, reliable and dependable.

"He showed perseverance in learning new things and was also known for his enduring patience.

"Tom helped set up a new scouting network in Stevenage and he had so many plans and ideas for it.

"He had a passion for scouting and believed that if you put in the effort you can achieve anything.

"He achieved so much and crammed so much into a short space of time. He will hold a place in our hearts always."

Tom, who was a Queen's scout, had been presented with a variety of awards including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and the Explorer Belt after spending a month doing community work in Uganda.

Stevenage scout leader Mike Crowley said: "Tom could not stop and take time out. The concept of rest was alien to him.

"He was so enthusiastic he had to be slowed down to give people time to think!

"He loved the outdoors, the challenge and being out there and doing it.

"If you're out on a walk or getting into your sleeping bag think about Tom. He will be out there somewhere keeping an eye on you."

Tom, who was passionately green, was studying environmental science at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and was represented by members of the university at the service.

The Rev Tony Ruffell said: "He cared at a very fundamental level about environmental issues.

"He was passionate about conserving the Earth and the creatures that share it with us, especially tigers.

"He helped design the sensory gardens outside the church and if you want to do something for him plant a tree in his memory. He cared so deeply for the environment and our world.

"He's left a legacy of compassion, courage, integrity and fun that will live on in this community. He lived life to the full."

Tom leaves behind his mum Diane, 48, dad Peter, 51, brother Andrew, 20, and sister Maxine, 16.

If anyone wishes to make a donation it should be made out to Austin's Funeral Directors in Stevenage. Donations will be sent to the Crisis Intervention Centre in Lichtenstein, to an environmental charity and to the Stevenage Tom Moore Scout Network.

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