Portsmouth scout group given a cash boost

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A SCOUT group has had a boost from a councillor who donated more than £100.

Councillor James Williams donated £116.66 from his allowances to the 23rd Scouts Group, based at Stamshaw and Tipner Leisure Centre.

Cllr Williams also added a further £50 of his own money to boost the group’s coffers.

The councillor, who represents the Nelson ward in Portsmouth, paid a visit to the group recently.

He said: ‘I love children and have tried to make it my theme as a councillor to be pro-children all the way so it did not take me long to decide who to give the money to.

‘I met the group leaders and the children and had a go at archery.

‘I felt very warmly welcomed by the children and received enthusiastic applause.

‘Speaking to one of the adults there, they have had children who have come to the group with all kinds of behavioural problems and who have gone on to be very decent young people.

‘When I looked at each of their happy faces I could see that the kids love the Scouts experience.’