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Spring Clear Out Reaps Rewards for Biggleswade Scout Group

Aaron Careford (Jupiter Cubs), The Fundraising Team Wendy Davis, Jeremy Wallace, Sam Conder, Sandy Hastilow, Sue Theobald and Lin Wright

Aaron Careford (Jupiter Cubs), The Fundraising Team Wendy Davis, Jeremy Wallace, Sam Conder, Sandy Hastilow, Sue Theobald and Lin Wright

A spring clean has raised more than £500 was raised to help with the upkeep of a scout headquarters.

The Biggleswade Scout Group fundraising team raised £554 towards the maintenance of the London Road headquarters. Cash will also go towards buying new equipment for activities and camps.

The money was raised by asking parents, leaders and volunteers to have a good spring clean out and donate items like clothes, books, toys, DVDs and bric-a-brac to the group.

A sale was held at the HQ hut in April, which was followed by two car boot sales, a book sale, a plant sale, a trip to a local clothes recycling centre and the sale of larger items on the Biggleswade Buy and Sell Facebook page.

The group has more than 200 children and young adults and an ever growing waiting list.

Spokesman for the group Samantha Conder said: “Scouting helps our young improve their key skills, including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence. Our varied and exciting programme offers hundreds of activities, from camping and hiking to surfing and paragliding.

“Young people can also achieve their badges in such diverse subjects as PR, electronics and entertainment. We participate in many local events including Biggleswade Carnival, Remembrance Day Parade and St George’s Day celebrations.”

She added: “There are lots of volunteer roles on offer, including being leaders, part of the fundraising team, the executive team or general support. We always need people with DIY skills to help to maintain the hut, help with the gardening and help with the administration of the group.

“We’re stronger than we’ve ever been but we still need more volunteers to help bring scouting to the more young people waiting to join the adventure.”

You don’t have to be a scouting expert or an outdoors survival specialist to make a difference. Volunteers can help in many ways from passing on first aid experience to teaching the young people how to cook.

To find out how you could help visit scouts.org.uk or email thegslteam@gmail.com, or for fundraising information email Biggscoutfund@gmail.com

 

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