In Memory of Anthony Atkinson

It is with extreme sadness that we have to share the news that Anthony Atkinson, Deputy County Commissioner (Operations) passed away on 19 July 2021 and we know that people want to remember him in various ways.

if you wish to, and are able to make a donation in his memory, we will work with his family to agree a lasting legacy.  It is their wish that donations in memory of Ant are to be collected for Raywell Park (Humberside Scouts) to remember the hard work, time and dedication that Ant gave to The Scouts through his time spent at the site.

Ant had been ill for a short while but had been receiving treatment. He had been looking forward to going home and spending the summer with his partner and young family, but unfortunately that was not to be.

Many knew Ant (Tony) through his work at BP and volunteering at Raywell Park, both of which were a huge part of his life.

As a volunteer for the Scouts, he worked tirelessly to develop the County site and maintain high standards as well as making sure that all visitors had the best experience possible.

As well as managing the day-to-day operations of Raywell, he was responsible for many changes and developments at the site, as well as obtaining an extensive amount of funding and grants.

Ant was an active member of the County Executive, a role he took very seriously and prior to being ill had rarely missed any meetings. Ant was always a good ‘voice of reason’ considering all sides of any decision that he was involved in making.

Along with the time and dedication given to Raywell, Ant was responsible for a number of other areas in the county, including licensing, insurance, safety, risk assessments, all of which he did without question and without many even knowing that they were happening.

It was the latter that he talked about at the County Roadshows to ensure that groups and Districts were aware of their obligations. This was the part he referred to as the annoying advert in the middle of a game, tv show or video – but the bit that would keep you out of jail!

Ant was always happy to help and support anyone, and even during his recent illness has been providing that very support both from home and hospital as he’d wanted to remain involved as much as he could.

Our thoughts are with his partner and his young family at this time.

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