A SCOUT group is looking for donations and support to build an extension enabling it to grow before thousands of homes are built in the area.
The purpose-built scout hut in Main Street, Branston, was rebuilt after a fire in the early 90s, but its toilets and kitchen survived the blaze and now need replacing.
The scouts have already raised £51,000 for an approved two storey extension but a lack of funding meant the 2006 application has been withdrawn for a single storey extension. Christine Bowering, trustee of Branston scouts said; “We have permission for the two storey but fund-raising in the economic climate is proving to be fairly complex
“We have done a huge amount of fund-raising but currently what we can fund-raise cannot keep up with how much building costs are going up
“It will now be a single story building with a slightly bigger footprint. The two storey would have cost £130,000 to build and we have made about £51,000.”
The scouts need a disabled toilet, replacement kitchen and a resource room for craft storage.
John Bowering, group scout leader, added: “We have also been donated four computers and we have to set them up each time we need them and we want to keep paperwork in one secure place
A single storey extension could cost £80,000 so the group is hoping businesses can make them their charity of the year, or donate bricks.
Mr Bowering said: “We are growing so fast and getting new members all the time, currently have 106 youths aged between six and 17-years-old and 22 leaders, all volunteers.
“With all the development happening in Branston we need to be in a position to grow.”
Fund-raising events coming up include the Christmas fair, from noon to 3pm on November 23, at the scout hut. It will include Santa’s grotto, bottle tombola, cakes, games, hoopla, hunt the snowman, and a raffle.
They will also benefit from a Christmas bingo at the village hall, on December 2. Eyes down at 7.30pm
Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to email email@example.com