When Toby’s mother became unwell and collapsed at home, in October 2016, Beaver Scout Toby heard a bang from upstairs and rushed to her aid. Finding her unconscious on the floor, Toby remembered his Emergency Aid badge training and took charge of the situation. He phoned 999 and asked for an ambulance. Toby answered all the operator’s questions calmly and helpfully. Toby made sure that his little sister was safe and then walked down the road to a friend’s house, to get adult assistance. The ambulance arrived soon afterwards and Toby’s mother has gone on to make a full recovery.
South Western Ambulance Service crew were so impressed with Toby’s bravery and calm handling of the situation, that he was been sent a bravery certificate by Ken Waterman (CEO) of South Western Ambulance Service.
Toby was equipped with the knowledge & skills to deal with this life threatening situation effectively, thanks to his completion of the Emergency Aid badge at 2ndTemplecombe Beavers in the preceding weeks.
Toby’s bravery has also been specially recognised by the Scout Association. He has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct. This prestigious medal is awarded only to members who have exhibited meritorious conduct of a high standard. Toby is entitled to wear this medal on his Scout uniform for the rest of his life.
Toby’s medal and certificate were presented on 20th October by the Somerset Scouts County Commissioner, Elizabeth Henderson (on behalf of the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls) at Abbas and Templecombe CofE Primary School praise assembly.
Toby particularly requested to have his medal presented at school and this was made possible by Mr James Webb, Headteacher.