Beeston Scouts Raise over £1700 for ShelterBox
The 6th Beeston Scout Group, supported by the Magellan Explorer Scout Unit and Trent SN Network Scouts, have raised an amazing £1739 for the ShelterBOX charity.
Colyn Kemp, Group Scout Leader at the 6th Beeston said “Conscious of the plight of others less fortunate than ourselves, and as part of our commitment as Scouts to ‘help other people’ we decided to do something about it.
“We contacted ShelterBOX – a charity that supports people who have lost everything as a result of a man-made or natural disaster. They distribute ShelterBoxes that contain the bare essentials to house families, keep them warm and fed, (free from mosquitoes) and includes tools to help them rebuild their lives. The boxes even include crayons, books and sometimes a cuddly toy for children. It was the perfect choice of a charity for our young members to help.”
The Scouts held Race Nights, Quiz Nights, baked and sold cakes, held a public open day, ran a tombola and collected mountains of loose change all with the aim of raising enough funds to buy one ShelterBox at a cost of £590. When their efforts brought in an amazing £1739 they couldn’t believe it – and neither could ShelterBOX!
Scout Lily, 12, said: “In places like Syria and Mexico there are a lot of refugees which means they struggle for the most basic things like food, water and shelter.”
Scout Joel, 11, said: “Sending them such a small box can make such a big difference. The most basic toys can keep kids who have nothing happy for days.”
Scout Ranjeet, 12, said: “You see a lot of children our age with nowhere decent to live and they don’t have the opportunities we do. It’s important that we provide for them as well.”
Beaver Scout Charlotte, 6, and Cub Scout James, 8,presented the cheque to ShelterBOX at the Scout Group’s Annual General Meeting on 7th July. Receiving the donation on behalf of ShelterBOX, “Jake” Jackson of the Rotary Club, Eckington, said “When we were first approached by the Group with an offer of support we were naturally delighted. When we were advised of the result of their amazing efforts we were over the moon. It is truly an amazing result that will enable us to provide three needy families in the disaster zones we support an opportunity to rebuild their lives. I cannot thank the Scouts enough!”
Simon Clark, District Commissioner for Scouting in the Beeston Area commented “I am so proud of this achievement by our young members. They are a credit to Scouting and I congratulate them on their efforts”
You also can read more about our ShelterBox campaign on our own ShelterBox pages.