Scout leader Beccy in Olympic success

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Scout leader Beccy in Olympic success

26 March 2012

Beccy Jones-Reading has two achievements to celebrate this month.  Firstly, on 19 March, Beccy received confirmation that she had been chosen to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch as it makes its way through Wolverhampton on 30 June.  Whilst this is a personal ambition come true, it is also due recognition of Beccy’s significant contribution to a number of charitable and community causes.  She was nominated by her work colleagues in Birmingham, an application which was supported independently by a number of other people who are aware of her charity work

Beccy has been on tenterhooks for some weeks, awaiting the news, and is still a little stunned that she really has been selected.

Despite suffering herself from a muscle disability called Distoner, which requires a programme of constant medication, Beccy will run in her tenth consecutive London Marathon this April.  Over the years she has raised almost £8,000 for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.  PSP is similar to Motor Neurone Disease.

In addition, Beccy became aware of an organisation called “Happy Child” a few years ago.  This charity provides holiday experiences to abused and deprived children, to give them happy memories in what might otherwise be a bleak childhood.  Beccy simply volunteered to assist in the provision of one holiday experience and was so impressed by the work done and the spirit of the children she met that she continues to give up her own time each year in support of this charity.

Beccy joined the Scout Group as a helper when she first came to live in the village three years ago, as a means of getting to know people in Brewood and also to continue her work with children.  Her second achievement this month is that she has also just completed her training and will shortly be presented with the Scout Association’s Wood Badge, marking her qualification as a Leader.

Beccy has become a key member of the Leadership team at Brewood Scout Group, helping to plan activities and camps and supporting the children and other Leaders.  Beccy is never afraid to take a lead in activities, showing everyone just what can be achieved, disability notwithstanding.

Everyone at the Scout Group is extremely proud of her and we hope as many people as possible will turn out to support Beccy as she carries the Torch.