Our Heroes: Blake has Beavered his way through lockdown to win an award


Young Blake Prince, from Abbey Hulton, has been a member of 85th Milton Beavers Scout Colony since February 2019.

The six-year-old – who attends Carmountside Primary Academy – suffers with hyper mobility syndrome which causes his joints to dislocate, as well as sensory processing disorder.

Since the UK lockdown was put in place due to coronavirus, the year two pupil and his fellow Beavers have been meeting virtually via Zoom.

Blake has been nominated for an Our Heroes Award in the Bright Young Thing category by his proud mum Kirsty Baddeley for his positive attitude and achievements throughout the lockdown period.

Kirsty, 31, said: “Blake does experience a lot of sensory challenges but Beavers has been brilliant at helping him to overcome them. One of his goals was to be able to dress himself which I know a lot of children can already do, but for Blake it was a challenge that he managed to achieve.

Blake Prince has been a part of his beaver group for over a year

“The style of learning for him is great with it mostly being outdoors and very hands on. It’s been the only thing he’s interested in!

“It’s been great for him to have Beavers as this one thing that’s purely for him one night a week outside of a school environment.”

And Blake was awarded for his efforts at the start of this month – with a special award.

Kirsty explained: “Blake was awarded the Chief Scout’s Bronze award on May 4. He is the youngest beaver ever from 85th Milton to receive this award.

“I am so proud of Blake and the effort that he puts into scouting – he is such an inspiration.

“He wasn’t very confident before he joined but it has really brought his social skills out. He even camped away for two nights and really enjoyed it, which is something that he’d never done before, not even with family members.”

Blake has been staying at home during the lockdown period – along with his brothers Charlie, 11 and one-year-old Logan.

Kirsty added: “Blake has carried on scouting at home throughout the pandemic, refusing to let Covid get him down.

“While at home he’s learnt ‘stay at home’ in British Sign Language, basic first aid for minor cuts and grazes – following the St John’s Ambulance tutorial – and has been Facetiming his friends and participating in Zoom sessions with the Beaver colony.

“The Zoom sessions are great. It’s good for him to see his friends and still feel connected. We as a family and all the Beaver colony are so very proud of Blake.”

Blake will also be completing a two mile walk on June 7 as part of the Tourettes Action ‘Move for Tourettes’ campaign to support his brother Charlie who has Tourette’s syndrome. You can support Blake on his Virgin MoneyGiving page here.

Readers who want to make a nomination for the Our Heroes Awards should email jennifer.amphlett@reachplc.com with Our Heroes in the subject box.





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