Callum Smith, a Scout from Aylesbury, has been awarded the ‘Medal for Meritorious Conduct in Scouting’ Award, for showing true bravery and fantastic fundraising efforts for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Callum is 11 and has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but is determined to not let his condition hold him back. He has remained fully involved in the group’s activities, including camping trips with his Scout group, despite his condition meaning he now uses a wheelchair to move around. Callum has also given a talk to the rest of his Scout group about living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to spread awareness about the condition.
Callum is also an avid fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy UK! He got his whole school involved, to raise over £500 earlier in the year by doing a sponsored Move a Mile for Muscles event around the school field and holding a Go Orange non-uniform day.
The Scout District Commissioner nominated Callum for this award ‘in recognition of his bravery and determination for Scouting despite coping with a serious health condition, and also to recognise his involvement with Muscular Dystrophy UK and his courage to share his story with others’. There were only 50 of these awards given across the whole of the UK last year.
Callum’s Gran, Hilary, said:
“We are so proud of Callum for everything he has achieved with the Scouts. We want to make more families aware that, just because they have received a diagnosis of a muscle-wasting condition, lots of doors are still open for activities.”
Many congratulations to Callum for this fantastic achievement, and for spreading such a positive message to other young people living with muscle-wasting conditions.