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Guiding and scouting groups submit bids for slice of £9,000 funding pot with Go Kids Go!

PUBLISHED: 17:02 01 July 2017

Members of Lyncombe Wood District Girlguides.

Members of Lyncombe Wood District Girlguides.

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Guide and scout groups are beginning to put in their bids for a slice of a £9,000 charitable fund which aims to keep children active.

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016. Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

Applications are coming in thick and fast for this year’s Go Kids Go! scheme, which is run by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury.

It aims to encourage children to get involved in group activities by providing grants to organisations for new sports equipment, camping gear, musical instruments, new technology and more.

The project is in its sixth year and has £9,000 to give away.

Lyncombe Wood District Girlguiding has asked the project for a £475 grant, which will help it pay for an event shelter and folding tables to be used at camps, fundraisers and events.

The guiding group is based in Worle and its district commissioner Lucy Cowgill said: “We are a small group of four units of girls, aged five to 15. We meet weekly and have between 75 and 100 young members.

“The grant would pay for an event shelter and tables, which will be used by our units for events they take part in and camps they attend, as well as future fundraisers.”

1st Milton Scout Group has also asked Go Kids Go! for a grant this year. The group has more than 130 young people in its group, but it desperately needs to replace its camping equipment so more of them can attend camp.

Group scout leader Gemma Kattana said: “As a group we are expanding and with our current number of tents we are limited on how many young people can attend camp.

“Camping is one of the fundamental values of scouting, and we encourage all the young people to experience the fun, growth in confidence, and personal development which comes with a night away.”

The group has asked for a £490 grant to pay for replacement tent poles, 10 pop-up tents, and a shelter to be used at camp.

You can download a Go Kids Go! application form here.

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