Scout helps save a life

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Scout Saves Life

A 10-year-old Cub has been given a top award after helping to save a man’s life.

Peter, a 10-year-old Cub from 71st Ayrshire Scout Group in Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire, demonstrated true Scouting spirit when he helped save a man’s life.  

After spotting 63-year-old, John Binner, lying in the road and bleeding from his head, Peter wasted no time and cycled to a nearby house where he alerted a friend’s dad to the situation, who then called an ambulance.

Peter (pictured with his little brother, Hamish and sister, Emily) then raced to the local surgery to get help from Dr Sunian Rai, who was able to assist at the scene of the accident.

Mr Binner was rushed to hospital and received urgent medical treatment after sustaining bleeding on the brain.

Dr Rai said: ‘If it wasn't for Peter's quick thinking and actions taken, the outcome would have been worse. Peter has shown such bravery, initiative and his quick actions have certainly saved a life.’

Commendation for bravery

Peter's bravery has earned him a Commendation Award for Merit from Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, which was presented to Peter by the very man he saved.

Mr Binner, who is now recovering well, said, ‘If it wasn't for Peter, I wouldn't be here today. He did a great job.’

Ayrshire Cub leader Alistair Wyllie said: ‘Everyone at the 71st Ayrshire Scout Group is very proud of Peter. He was sharp-eyed enough to notice someone in need of help and sensible enough to get urgent help from the nearest grown-up. He did everything he was taught at Cubs to deal with an emergency situation.’


Peter added: ‘It was great meeting Mr Binner again at the Scout HQ and to see that he is OK now.’

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