Royal Blind School student congratulated on Scout award in Scottish Parliament by MSP who attended same troop

Posted: 03/02/2016 | Education,

A Royal Blind student who became just one of four young people to be awarded a prestigious Scouting medal has been congratulated in Scottish Parliament on his ‘passion and inspiring efforts’ – by an MSP who was a  member of the same troop.

Robbie Dalgleish was awarded the Medal for Meritorious Conduct by the Chief Commissioner of Scouting Scotland, in January after overcoming a difficult year battling genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis type I.  

Now Robbie’s efforts have been praised in Holyrood by Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeenshire West, Dennis Robertson, who formally extended his congratulations to Robbie for his hard work and dedication.

Mr Robertson attended the Royal Blind School from 1968-1974 and was himself a member of the 77th Braid.

A motion was passed in Scottish Parliament on January 27 that praised Robbie for his ‘passion and inspiring efforts both within and without the 77th Braid Scout Group’.

The brave 15-year-old, who has been a member of the group for four years, was awarded the medal after showing a ‘high degree of courage, endurance, initiative or devotion to duty, often under suffering, without necessarily involving any element of risk’.

Complications from NF1 mean that Robbie is mostly co

nfined to a wheelchair. He is also visually impaired.

But that has not stopped the teenager attending sessions of the 77th Braid which take place weekly at the Royal Blind School.

In a letter to Robbie Mr Robertson said: “I was pleased to hear about your hard work and dedication in all areas of your life. I am proud to say that I, too, was a member of the 77th Braid Scout Group. I think it is fantastic that you are inspiring other scouts who will follow.

“In recognition of this achievement, I raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament on the 27th of January which can be seen on the Parliament’s website, and which has already received cross-party support.

“Once again, I would like to extend my congratulations and the very best in your future endeavours.”