YEARS of fund-raising effort have come to fruition for a Burton scout group, as they have finally started work on their new hut.
Members of the 1st Branston Scout Group have faced an uphill battle to raise enough money to extend their hut in Main Street and now – finally – they have been able to begin the work.
It means that when the scouts return from their summer holiday, they will not only have new toilets, but they will have a kitchen for the first time in the life of the well-used building. There will also be a resource block
Group scout leader John Bowering said: “Everyone involved in the group – beavers, cubs, scouts, leaders, committee members, local businesses – have all worked hard over many years to raise the necessary funds, and they should all be proud of what has been achieved.”
Collectively, the group has raised more than £55,000 for the cause through bag packing, cake sales, Christmas fairs, community days and much more.
The total was boosted with a £9,000 grant from the Neighbourhood Forum, which gave the final push for work to begin.
Work began last week with the demolition of the current dilapidated block, which marked a 10-week closure of the headquarters.
However, when the beavers, cubs and scouts head back to the group after the school holidays, they will return to a brand new facility.
Assistant group scout leader Christine Bowering said the scouts really deserved to have the new facility after all the hard work they had put in.
“Our beavers, cubs and scouts turn up, always with a smile, and work away to achieve amazing results raising funds for the group. Their drive and enthusiasm to meet new challenges is infectious.
“Without the efforts of everyone in raising funds, equipment could not be replaced and the new build would not be taking place,” she added.