Lancashire Young Scout Leader
1674. Emma Aggrey
Emma Aggrey, aged 16, from Lancashire, is an Explorer Scout, young leader, and one of the original proposers of 'Thank You Day'.
Emma was touched by the sacrifices that many have made during the pandemic and helped organise the UK wide ‘Thank You Day’ as a way of giving back and showing appreciation to unsung Covid heroes. Throughout lockdown Emma also delivered scores of sessions to children aged 6-8 years online via Zoom as a Beaver Scout Leader. She ran scavenger hunts and online camps, but is now back delivering face-to-face sessions.
In a personal letter to Emma, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I want to congratulate you on your brilliant proposal of ‘Thank You Day’. As the whole nation pays tribute to the exceptional efforts of communities during the pandemic, I would like to thank you by naming you a Point of Light.
“Young people have been cruelly impacted by this pandemic and so it is brilliant that you have harnessed the power of technology to hold zoom meetings and virtual camps for young Beaver Scouts. I am delighted that you are now back to doing this in person and I wish you a happy summer of Scouting!”
In response to receiving the award, Emma said:
“Receiving a Point of Light Award was a huge honour, as it is evidence of all the hard work leading up to National Thank You Day. I am so proud as an Explorer Scout to say I’ve received the award. I can only hope that it will lead to more opportunities in Scouting and the wider world.”
Pictured Below: Emma with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the 10 Downing Street Thank You Day Reception