Last weekend four groups headed down to Otford and Eynsford to take part in the first Duke of Edinburgh expedition that Greater London South East Sector ACF have run in over a year. The weather was good and the groups were keen to move their Duke of Edinburgh Award forward and while being non residential they had the opportunity to achieve a key part of their Silver and Bronze Awards.
One group from 106 RMP Detachment in Sidcup comprising Cpl Cripps, Cpl Paul-Wakes, and Cadets Zylfo, Whitwell and Fresnida whose Detachment Commander Sergeant Major Debbie Goodall is also the D of E Officer for the sector were looking forward to setting off as much as the other groups. However the day was to take an unusual twist!
During their walk they encountered an older gentleman who it transpired had broken his ankle in a nasty fall and was in a great deal of pain and distress in what was turning out to be the hottest part of the hottest day this year so far. The group immediately swung into action: they called 999 providing a 6 figure grid reference, made the casualty comfortable and reassured his friends and family who were nearby. They also provided water from their own packs to keep the casualty hydrated and well.