27th July 2016
As you know the 1st Aylesford were this week attending Roihu 2016, the International Finnish Jamboree. I am sad to say that on Sunday evening while everyone was in camp one of our Scouts Charlie Girling collapsed.
Charlie was treated quickly by a Finnish Scout leader who was a doctor and the onsite medical team and paramedics from the local hospital rendered immediate support but unfortunately were unable to save him. You can understand how devastating this will have been for all concerned.
Charlie was a lively and energetic young man and a keen member of the 1st Aylesford Scout Group and he will be sadly missed. He loved Scouting and we loved him. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Charlie at this time.
District Commissioner, Malling Scouts
We are so saddened at the loss of our lovely son, Charlie. He was much loved by us and his brother and sister. We have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages that we have received about Charlie, and how much he was loved by his friends and those who knew him. Although Charlie's life was short, he lived life to the full, and we are so sad that he will never fulfil all his dreams.
He was a keen footballer, did well at school and enjoyed Scouts and we are so proud of all that he achieved. We will miss his cheeky smile, floppy hair and our goodnight cuddles.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their care, to everyone at Roihu who could not have done more for Charlie and then looked after us so well since, and to the leaders of 1st Aylesford Scout Group and the wider Scouting family for all their help and support.
Helene, Les, Abby and Jack Girling
This will be the families final statement on this matter and they respectfully request that they are not contacted by any media outlet for further comment. They will not be doing any broadcast interviews.