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Scout Leader from Leyland honoured for his service to the community

Date: 5th Mar 2021 Author: Jon Nutten

A Scout Leader from Leyland was honoured for his service to the community recently.

Gary Heron who volunteers with 2nd Leyland Scout Group was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for services to his community, in an award ceremony held via zoom on Sunday evening. Over the Christmas period Gary recognised that there would be some in the community that might not be able to enjoy a Christmas meal, and so joined forces with a local community group and set about making a difference. Using the facilities at the Scout Group headquarters, Gary and his family managed to cook Christmas dinner for more than 150 local people including vulnerable adults and the homeless. The food which was donated by local individuals and businesses was delivered by the other volunteers who all pitched in.


Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood and Shadow Minister for Young People and Democracy, honoured Gary during the awards ceremony saying “the dedication of Gary and his team made sure that Christmas was made that bit more special for those in need. A true Community Hero.” Reflecting on his award, Gary said “I am delighted to be nominated but it is not really about me, it’s about the community, especially when Christmas can be a difficult time for some people.”

Gary received his award along with 9 other volunteers from West Lancs Scouts who had all made significant contributions to their communities, and were chosen from over 70 nominations from across Lancashire. County Commissioner for West Lancs Scouts, Craig Dewar-Willox, added: “Scouting has met many challenges to continue during the pandemic and we are so proud of our volunteers that have not only supported Scouting but their local communities as well.”

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls