Scouts get a little help from Friends

SCOUTS in Worle who had their tents stolen over the Christmas period now have a reason to smile again after being given replacements by a charity. Thieves broke into storage containers outside the 1st North Worle Scout Hut in Wansbrough Road and stole £5,

SCOUTS in Worle who had their tents stolen over the Christmas period now have a reason to smile again after being given replacements by a charity.Thieves broke into storage containers outside the 1st North Worle Scout Hut in Wansbrough Road and stole £5,000 worth of equipment.After reading about the scouts' misfortune, kind-hearted Judy Rowden, a member of Weston Hospital's League of Friends, contacted the Weston & Somerset Mercury and asked to be put in contact with leaders.Now thanks to Judy, aged 59, scouts and beavers from the hut can attend the scout's 100th centenary celebrations with the donated tents and a marquee in May.The celebrations, which will take place at Woodhouse Park, Thornbury, are part of the Avon County Jamboree and the event will be marked by scouts worldwide.Judy, of Hill Road, Weston, said: "When I read about what had happened I knew we could help as we used to do lots of fetes. Now our membership is declining we are only too happy to donate them to a worthy cause."District beaver leader Wendy Pearson said: "The boys are delighted to receive the new equipment and our thanks go out to the League of Friends for their generosity."Scout leader Carol Pepper, aged 44, said: "Without people like Judy around the children would not be able to go on camp as we have not yet received our new tents from the Scout Association."The League of Friends, which donated £800,000 to the Seashore Centre, the new children's ward at Weston General Hospital, is currently looking for new members. Friends' chairman David Boughey can be contacted on 01934 636363.


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