Scouts split proceeds from bag packing at Co-op store

COMMUNITY Members of 2nd Stubbington Scout Group at the Co-op store in Stubbington
COMMUNITY Members of 2nd Stubbington Scout Group at the Co-op store in Stubbington

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The 2nd Stubbington Scouts spent the end of last year raising money for the British Red Cross at the Stubbington Co-op and have recently presented a cheque for £100 to the shop to pass on to the charity.

The group spent four days at the shop on The Green as part of their commitment to raise funds for the Co-operative’s charity of the year as well as for themselves.

Brian Graham, volunteer group leader at 2nd Stubbington Scout Group, said: ‘We are grateful to the Co-op team for the opportunity to do bag packing and to allow us to raise money for our Scout group and for the Co-op charity, the British Red Cross.

‘We hope that we were also able to assist the customers with their bag packing to help them at this busy time of year.

‘The people of Stubbington were extremely generous in their donations to the Scouts and as we discussed with the Co-operative prior to the bag packing, we agreed to split the money between the Scouts and the British Red Cross.

‘The Scouts have agreed to increase the donation to British Red Cross to reflect that public generosity.’

Simon Stones, Co-op store manager, said: ‘It was great to have the local Scouts here in the store, helping with the bag packing. Both the Co-operative and the Scouts have strong focus on helping within the community and this activity allowed us both to work within the community and support the Co-operative Group’s charity partner as well.’

Scouting is the largest co-educational youth charity in the world and has over 500,000 members in the UK.

The 2nd Stubbington Scout Group is currently looking for volunteers to help with running the group. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with young people between the ages of six and 14 while gaining qualifications and experience.

Anyone interested should email Brian Graham on enquiries@2ndstubbington.org.uk.

Hampshire Scouts are also looking for volunteers in the rest of the county. More information can be found at hampshirescouting.org.uk or by emailing county.office@scouts-hants.org.uk.