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Scouts raise money for wheelchair sports club
A SCOUT group which was on the verge of closing last year enjoyed a game of wheelchair rugby after raising money.
The 1st Longwick Scout group was on the verge of closure with no Scout group, no Cub pack and only a handful of Beavers this time last year.
But volunteers came forward as leaders and helpers and the Beaver Scouts is now has 24 members, and in September they set up a Cub pack.
They were invited by WheelPower to take part in wheelchair rugby at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Sixteen Beaver Scouts aged between six to eight and their families took part in a 4 mile sponsored walk earlier this year to raise money for both their scout group and for WheelPower – this was following an inspirational visit from an elite wheelchair athlete.
They raised £1,290, half of which (£645) was donated to WheelPower.
The same volunteers organised their own 'DIY SOS' for the scout hall over the course of two weekends and managed to transform it into a bright, clean hall that is now utilised by four community groups in addition to the scouting activities.
This was only possible by kind donations from local businesses: Briants of Longwick; Blanchfords, Ingram Family Builders, Tesco and M&S all of Princes Risborough; Jewsons, B&Q & SignCenta of Aylesbury.