Guides and Scouts unite for jubilee

30 Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery lead the annual St Georges Day parade through Emsworth town centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (180463-23)

IN PICTURES: St George’s Day parade in Emsworth

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THOUSANDS of scouts and guides from across Hampshire will be giving the community a big helping hand to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Litter picking, providing food and shelter to the homeless, revamping skate parks and preserving the area’s wildlife will be among the jobs undertaken by youngsters from now until June 30.

Adam Jollans, Hampshire Scouts county commissioner, said: ‘Young people today are far more willing to help others than we often acknowledge and the Diamond Jubilee offers a great opportunity to work together on worthwhile community challenges.’

Jacqui Dixon, county commissioner for girlguiding Hants East, added: ‘There are 37,000 members across the 1,500 square miles of Hampshire, so there’s a huge potential and opportunity to be made.’

Lauren Wood, 15, an Explorer Scout from Portsmouth, added: ‘It’s not often we work with the Guides, but it’s fantastic that we’re doing so and making a real difference to local people. I can’t wait to get stuck in.’