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Bromley Scouts meet new ambassador, Paralympic gold-medallist Ellie Simmonds

PUBLISHED: 12:20 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 20 March 2017

Charlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Alasdair Trimmer aged 16 from 5th Chislehurst Scout Group. Teaching Ellie how to do a friendship knot.

Charlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Alasdair Trimmer aged 16 from 5th Chislehurst Scout Group. Teaching Ellie how to do a friendship knot.

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Miss Simmonds is one of five new additions

Charlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Katie Ainscough, aged 15, from the 23rd Bromley Scout GroupCharlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Katie Ainscough, aged 15, from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group

Three Bromley Scouts met with a Team GB legend recently.

Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds met with Scouts from the 23rd Bromley and 5th Chislehurst as she became one of a handful of new ambassadors to represent the youth association.

The swimmer, who has picked up a number of gold medals since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is joined by TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, adventurer Megan Hine and Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover.

The ambassadors aim to use their wide-reach to encourage more adults to volunteer in Scouting today.

Charlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Alasdair Trimmer aged 16 from 5th Chislehurst Scout Group.Charlotte Miles, aged 13 from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group, Ellie Simmonds and Alasdair Trimmer aged 16 from 5th Chislehurst Scout Group.

Katie Ainscough from the 23rd Bromley Scout Group met with Miss Simmonds.

The 15-year-old said: “It was a great experience to get to know more about her and chat with her.

“She was so down to earth and nice, she was interested in what we had to say about Scouting and she even let us hold her medals!”

Ellie Simmonds said: “Young people need positive role models. They also need a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where they can try new things and not be afraid to fail. Scouting is one of those places.

“It gives them the encouragement they need to learn new skills, learn to be optimistic about the future, have fun and discover their talents. I know first-hand how powerful this positive encouragement can be, which is why I’m incredibly proud to be an ambassador for Scouting.”

The Scout Association has a waiting list of 46,000 young people and is calling on more volunteers to sign up.

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