As well as being Destek’s Digital Accessibility Specialist, Graham Rees-Evans is the District Commissioner for Afan Nedd Scouts (Neath Port Talbot).

Amongst a variety of other duties, he recently hosted a celebratory evening attended by the H.M. Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D Byron Lewis Esq., CStJ, FCA, in honour of five members who have gained their Queen’s Scouts Award, the highest honour in Scouting and awarded for outstanding personal achievement.

This honour is achieved by completing a range of challenges including service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Stephen Champion, aged 22, from Skewen, said “Gaining my Queen’s Scout Award has been awesome.  One of the best things I have ever done in Scouting was having a real adventure completing my expedition.  I hiked over 50 miles across Dartmoor”.

Bear Grylls, who is currently Chief Scout in the United Kingdom said “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much.  They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

Queen Scouts with Lord Lieutenant  and District Commissioner

Left to Right: Graham Rees-Evans; Rhys Mainwaring; Richard Partington; H.M. Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D Byron Lewis Esq., CStJ, FCA; Stephen Champion; Ian Rees-Evans