Potters Bar scout group raises hundreds in honour of cub with Tourette’s

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05 15 June 2018

2nd Little Heath cubs. Picture: Supplied.

2nd Little Heath cubs. Picture: Supplied.


A Potters Bar scout group pulled together to raise hundreds for a Tourette’s charity as one of their pack members suffers from the condition.

Joe Marrow and his mum Sara-Lee Marrow. Picture: Supplied.Joe Marrow and his mum Sara-Lee Marrow. Picture: Supplied.

2nd Little Heath hiked four miles from its base to Tolmers Scout Camp on June 8 and raised over £300 for Tourettes Action in conjunction with their Move for Tourette’s campaign.

Cub Joe Morrow, 10, of Little Heath, was diagnosed with Tourette’s a year ago and suffers from OCD, Dyspraxia and some forms of autism. 
As June is Tourette’s awareness month and June 7 is its international awareness day Joe’s mum, Sara-Lee Morrow, 46, is keen to raise awareness.
The mother-of-two said: “A lot of people think Tourette’s is just swearing but it’s not and people need to be more educated about it.”
Luckily for Joe, he hasn’t yet displayed the tic of swearing, also known as Coprolalia, but his OCD causes him to experience intrusive thoughts and images. 
The Little Heath Primary School pupil also has particular tics called ‘not quite right tics’. which means they have to be done in a certain way or the tic does not feel complete.
He started displaying signs of Tourette’s two years before he was diagnosed when he was just eight years old but children need to show symptoms for at least a year before being referred to the specialists. 
Speaking of the day he was diagnosed Sara-Lee said: “We felt devastated and very isolated as we had no idea what it entailed.

“We were very ignorant about Tourettes at the time.
“I can’t thank the scout group enough as they treat him just like the other kids as he fears being treated differently.
“His friends at scouts are so supportive as well and really look after him.

“I’d recommend scouts and cubs to anyone who wants to make friends.”
The scouts is a very community-minded organisation and the 2nd Little Heath Cubs are keen to learn, give back and get involved.
Joe, who was a Beaver before a Cub, is one of 15 cubs aged between eight and 10 who have all formed friendships and attend school together.
Scout leader Imtiaz Kaderbhoy said: “The summer hike was a resounding success. 
“We enjoyed a BBQ, prepared by our wonderful cub parents and played lots of outdoor games and raised over £300 for Tourettes, which is a fantastic achievement.”

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