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Brave seven-year-old Beaver Scout hailed a hero after using first aid skills to care for mum after she collapsed at home


A seven-year-old Beaver Scout has been praised for his bravery and skills after using first aid training to help his mum after she collapsed at home.

Danny Andrews-Duggins, who is a member of Daybrook and Woodthorpe Scout Group, managed to revive his mum after she fell ill and fainted by shouting to her and slamming doors.

After waking his mum, he then used his first aid training to get her comfortable on the floor using pillows and a blanket.

The plucky youngster then quickly went on the hunt for his mum’s phone and after finding it, got her to unlock the device so he could call his stepdad for help – no mean feat as Danny has never used a phone before.

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An ambulance was quickly called.

PICTURED: Brave Beaver Scout, Danny with his first aid badge

During the wait for medical help, Danny kept talking to his his mum and helped keep her calm whilst also caring for his two-year old sister, who was also at home.

His mum was eventually taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Happily, she was discharged after having tests and is now on the road to recovery.

Danny’s stepdad, Tom Andrew, who is also the group scout leader for 1st Daybrook and Woodthorpe Scout Group, told Gedling Eye he was ‘immensely proud’ of young Danny.

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He said: “I don’t think calling him a hero is an exaggeration.

“The skills he has learnt at Beavers have helped keep him calm in what must have been an incredibly scary and overwhelming situation, and have helped ensure a speedy recovery for his mum.

He added: “We will be nominating him for a Meritorious Conduct Award from the Scout Association in recognition of his actions, and also treating him just a little.”

  • If you have a son or daughter aged between 6 – 14 and live in the Daybrook, Woodthorpe or Arnold areas who you think might enjoy and benefit from the activities of Scouting, please contact us at

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