12:49 Monday 29 July 2013

Stortford Scout leader helps deliver a right Royal gift to Prince George

Written bySINEAD HOLLAND

STORTFORD Scout leader Simon Carter helped deliver a special gift from the movement for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new son, Prince George.

Mr Carter, who is assistant director of the Scout Association, met the Duchess earlier this year when she spent a day with young members in March, during a visit to Cumbria at the start of her pregnancy.

He travelled to the Lindon Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as Prince William's wife delivered their firstborn, a healthy son weighing 8lbs 6oz and saw last Monday's (July 22) the world-wide media frenzy at first hand.

Mr Carter, who lives in Manston Drive with wife Dawn and their 13-year-old twins Jordan and Matthew, said: "To celebrate the new royal arrival the Scout Association sent a suitably practical and adventurous gift – a baby carrier backpack.

"It will enable Scout volunteer HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge to include baby prince Cambridge in her Scouting adventures.

"I was lucky enough to be part of the support team that presented the gift at the Lindo wing earlier this week. I have attended a fair few high profile events in the last few years, but this is the largest press pack I have ever worked with.

"There were broadcasters from all over the world who wanted to talk to the Explorer Scouts we were supporting. During one hectic 30 minute session interviews were carried out with Sky News, BBC News, Indian state broadcasting and Canada’s national broadcasters. the Explorer Scouts who found the experience challenging and exciting at the same

"During her pregnancy, the Duchess, who helps out as an occasional helper at a Scout group close to her home in North Wales, undertook adult volunteer training at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere and in April celebrated Scouting achievements at Windsor Castle.

Asa Gurden, Scout leader who trained the Duchess at Great Tower and who presented the gift, said: “Earlier this year the Duchess learnt how to take part in Scouting adventures and pass skills onto young people. We hope that our gift of a baby carrier backpack will help her get back into the great outdoors with the new baby as soon as possible.”

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