Arthur Stone, Beaver Scout from Bristol and one of the Chief Scout’s Unsung Heroes 2021...
What has been your journey so far?
When I was 6 on Boxing Day 2019, I became very ill with Meningitis (Meningococcal Septicaemia) and ended up losing my legs which was a hard time for me. I was in hospital for a really long time and when we got out the first lockdown had just started. A charity called LimbPower really helped me and my family not feel alone so 9 months later I did a 20k challenge in my wheelchair with my 3yr old twin sisters Zelda and Nancy and my best friend Solomon. I raised £12,480.25 and I feel really proud.
What have been the biggest obstacles you have encountered?
When I woke up from my coma my biggest challenge was learning how to lift my arm and pick my nose! After that it was learning to walk again on my prosthetic legs. My biggest obstacle is grown ups that don’t believe me when I say I can do things! You should always let me try!
Who inspired you to find courage and determination in the tough times?
My dad always inspires me and makes me feel brave, I think he’s really cool. Billy Mongers challenge for Comic Relief made me feel really determined to walk and watching the kids on Jonnie Peacocks Blade Camp! Bear Grylls was always my hero, he never gives up and neither will I.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
Even when things are really bad you can always find something to laugh about.
Never give up hope.
What is your dream adventure?
To travel the world exploring and go on all of the world’s biggest zip lines!