Kidderminster launch their Next Generation Appeal

Paralympic legend launches Kidderminster District Scouts’ Next Generation Appeal


A PARALYMPIC record-holder spoke of the importance of Rhydd Covert to future generations of young people when he returned to the Kidderminster Scouts’ adventure centre for the first time in 30 years.

Lord Holmes of Richmond – better known as Chris Holmes in the town where he grew up – was the special guest at the launch on Saturday 8th April of the £110,000 Next Generation Appeal to extend Rhydd Covert’s facilities with a 22-bed dormitory.

Lord Holmes told guests about his time as a Scout with the 8th Kidderminster (St John’s) Group and said: “So many of my adventures started from Rhydd Covert and I was so lucky to be in Scouting in this area. Here I was taught so many skills that enabled me to go on and be so lucky to achieve what I did later in life. Resilience, grit, determination, courage, flexibility, adaptability and just being prepared to get stuck in – these are the skills you would want at any time. But we face an uncertain future in the labour market, and developments like the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence and robotics, are all going to fundamentally affect every single person. And it is not going to be qualifications or university degrees that will get people through. It is going to be all of those skills learned in a place like Rhydd Covert.”

Lord Holmes is one of Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer with 15 medals from four Games, including nine golds, and his achievements make him a role model for anyone facing adversity.