Children of dedicated Bourne scout leader receive award from Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle
The children of a dedicated scout leader who died last year after a cancer battle have received a certificate in his honour from TV adventurer Bear Grylls.
Georgina, 17, and Harwood Jackson, 18, were invited to attend the National Scout Service and Parade at Windsor Castle on Sunday to represent their father Chris.
Chris, who was chairman of 1st Bourne Scouts Group and a leading figure in the county’s scout fellowship go-kart activity team, died last October at the age of 48. He had been suffering from cancer of the oesophagus for four years.
In 2014, Chris was awarded the Medal of Merit for services to scouting in Bourne, Stamford and across the country. He was also presented with the Gallantry and Meritorious Conduct award for continuing his scouting work while unwell.
The awards meant Chris was invited to attend the National Scout Service in 2015 – but due to his health problems he couldn’t make it.
This year, Georgina and Harwood were invited to attend in his place. While in attendance, the pair were able to speak to Bear, who has been Chief Scout since 2009, and fellow TV adventurer Steve Backshall about their father’s long connection with the scouting movement.
Georgina, who is currently living with her grandmother in Ketton while studying at New College Stamford, said: “We were both very proud to be at Windsor Castle to represent our dad.
“Everyone kept coming up to us to say what a wonderful person he was. It was lovely to have that reaction.
“Dad had received his medals during a St George’s Day ceremony in Stamford the year before last. He didn’t feel up to going to Windsor last year, so we were really keen to go this year when we were offered the chance to do so.”
Neil Onyon, chief instructor of the Lincolnshire Scout Fellowship Go-Kart Activity Team, which organises motorsport sessions for scouts and guides, accompanied Georgina and Harwood to Windsor Castle.
Neil and Chris first met as teenagers on a Scout jamboree in 1983 and had been friends and colleagues ever since.
He said: “Chris worked tirelessly for the scouting movement, even when he became ill.
“He thoroughly deserved the medals he received in 2014 and it was a shame he couldn’t attend the National Scout Service in person. However, Georgina and Harwood did a great job taking his place this year.
“They are both a credit to him. It can’t have been easy for them but they did a great job.”