Where is Bob?
We visited Bull Point lighthouse and Foreland Point lighthouse before we then nipped up two Marilyns (relative hills of Britain with 150m or more of prominance) on the North Devon coast. Whilst being by the coast in the sun it would have been criminal to not have an ice cream so we induldged – thankfully we had burned off enough calories during the day to have earned one each. The day concluded with the good old British favourite Fish and Chips for dinner in the seaside town of Bideford.
Monday 3rd June 2013 – As we were in Devon anyway we planned to call in and visit the head office of the “Society for Radiological Protection” (SRP) as I had been raising money for their Benevolent Fund during my attempted ascent of Everest. Sarah had been liaising with the SRP staff and it was planned that we needed to arrive for 17:30.
This meant that we had the rest of the day to fill and as Sarah had already visited all of the Devon lighthouses we headed along the coast to Cornwall to tick off some of the lighthouses that she had not yet bagged on Cornwall’s north coast. After a flying visit to two of these outstanding lighthouses we shot back over to Devon to get to the SRP office.
Upon arrival there I was greeted with a “Welcome back Bob” celebration. This was a nice surprise and some of the staff had brought in their family members to meet me and ask about my Everest experiences. I was happy to share my recollections with them.
Whilst I had been out on Everest I had been awarded the “Founders Medal” by the Society for Radiological Protection. This was principally due to my efforts to restart the Scottish Regional Group of the SRP, helping take a lead role in the running of the first ever SRP schools event where about 1200 school pupils from across Scotland learned about radiation and radiological protection, and for helping raise the profile of the SRP Benevolent Fund. As I knew about the award in advance I had recorded a special audio blog for them from Everest which was played at the SRP’s 50th anniversary conference in Harrogate and I am told that this was well received.
I was honoured that one of the society’s past presidents and the only remaining living founding member was at the SRP office today and he, Bernard James, formally presented the Founders Medal to me. The Founders Medal is not given out by the society often so it was a privelege not only to be considered worthy of receiving it but also to receive the medal from someone who has dedicated their life and career to radiological protection.
Throughout the expedition to Everest I was making cosmic radiation measurements and I’ve been asked to present these results and discuss them at the SRP’s scientific meeting in Southport in 2014. I look forward to doing that.
I am still on route home from Everest so where will I end up next? Keep following the adventure.