A GROUP of sea scouts has raised almost £700 to go towards an extension of their boathouse.
The 5th Gosport Sea Scouts raised £587 during a bag-packing day at the town’s Tesco supermarket, and construction firm Taylor Wimpey donated another £100 to the cause.
Scout leader Allan Davey said he was delighted with the team’s efforts and said they had worked hard for the donations.
Mr Davey said he also wanted to thank the construction firm for their help.
He said: We’re looking to extend, and this donation from Taylor Wimpey will be great addition indeed.’
The scouts, aged from 10 to 14, helped pack bags for supermarket shoppers in return for donations, which they collected in buckets.
Mr Davey said the volunteering work helped the scouts learn the value of community, and their efforts counted towards a scouting badge.
He said: ‘The bag packing has a double function.
‘It not only raises money for the sea scouts, but it also counts towards the sea scouts’ community badge.’
The sea scouts have official Royal Navy recognition.
The Gosport group makes use of both the sea at Gosport and a sea-fed lake near their headquarters, which is ideal for training.
Taylor Wimpey sales and marketing director Fiona Creed said the firm was happy to help the group.
Ms Creed said: ‘As a company, we’re dedicated to supporting the communities where we build, so we were only too pleased to help the sea scouts.
‘We happy to provide a contribution towards their building fund and we’d also like to congratulate the scouts on a job well done after their hard work packing shopping bags.’
Sea scouts have been part of the main scout movement since around 1910.
They do all the usual scouting activities, but have their own distinctive dark blue uniform and have a special emphasis on water activities.