A fundraising challenge due to be undertaken by scouts from Andover 11th has been given a huge boost courtesy of two grants awarded recently from Hampshire Isle of Wight Community Fund and Andover Town Council.
Eight scouts aged 11½ to 12 are due to tackle the ‘Three Peaks’ in August raising further funds for the Group and for local charity, Andover Mind. The donations of £350 from HIWCF and £300 from Andover Town Council will fund vital equipment for the trip and for the scouts and cubs of Andover 11th thereafter.
Diane Timms, Chair 11th Andover said: “We cannot thank these organisations enough. We will be using the donations to purchase essential equipment for camping expeditions. This equipment helps the youngsters to gain life skills and improve their awareness of many aspects of life such as workings as a team. Without these grants the group struggles to attain the kit needed to give them the outdoor opportunities that are so much part of Scouting.”
Training is currently underway for the young scouts preparing for the Three Peak Challenge in August which is to climb the three highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike – 978m), Scotland (Ben Nevis – 1344m) and Wales (Snowdon – 1085m).
Diane Timms continues: “This is a huge undertaking for such a young age group with the oldest only being 12. They are a great bunch of young people, not to mention their leaders who give their time tirelessly to teach and encourage them to achieve. We are also most grateful to Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose for their support – please watch out for the scouts in and around town as they will be raising money packing packs in these supermarkets and our thanks to Simplyhealth for their recent donation.”