SCOUT groups are celebrating after being told they are to receive a £7,500 cash boost.
The money will be split evenly between 1st Denmead Scout Group, who will use it to fund a solar energy project, and Hambledon Village Scout Group, to fit out their meeting places with equipment.
It was raised through donations from the public at The Southern Co-operative store, on Hambledon Road, Denmead, through its Community Support Card (CSC) scheme.
The scheme asks customers with a green CSC card to make a donation every time they shop with the card.
Angela Harwood, scout leader of 1st Denmead Scout Group, said: ‘This £3,750 is an outstanding donation and we are very grateful to The Southern Co-operative and their customers for supporting scouting in Denmead.
‘We currently have over 140 boys and girls in the village aged between six and 18 years old enjoying the scouting adventure. The money will be used to help fund a solar energy project for our headquarters.’
Jenni Dixon, fundraising co-ordinator of Hambledon Village Scout Group, said: ‘As a relatively young group without our own HQ, we have worked hard to buy the equipment and supplies needed to run our exciting and varied programme, but have nowhere to store our belongings.
‘The money will be spent on fitting out two spaces in the village – one at the Village Hall where we hold our weekly meetings, and another at a nearby barn where we can not only store the more bulky items like tents and cookers, but can then run outdoor meetings such as cooking, too.
‘We are so looking forward to having our kit accessible at the same time as it being safe, dry and rodent free.’
Another £7,500 raised through the scheme at the Denmead store will be donated to Denmead Swings and Things – a fundraising body to provide play equipment within Denmead village and youth club and activities organiser.
Felicity Hull, secretary of Swings and Things, said: ‘It is very difficult to get funding in this current climate so we a very grateful for the donation.
‘We’re working closely with our young leaders to use the donation for projects and experiences for children and young people that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.’