Scouts go up in the world for African dream

A HIGH-THRILLS fund-raising event is being held later this month to help a Scout group realise dreams of embarking on an overseas expedition to help underprivileged people.

Members of the 1st Whittingham BP Scout Group are aiming to travel to Lesotho in Africa this summer to plant trees in the deforested mountains and teach the community valuable skills – but they need to raise thousands of pounds for the cause.

Money has already poured in for the trip, but there is still a way to go.

And on Saturday, May 19, as part of the fund-raising push, the group will have a mobile climbing tower in the car park at the Homebase store in Alnwick. The Scouts will also be bag-packing at the nearby Sainsbury’s store on the same day and both activities will run from around 9am to 5pm.

Adults and children are welcome to tackle the tower – which is more than seven-metres high and made up of four walls of varying difficulties – at a cost of £4 for three climbs.

Ninette Gray, group Scout master, said: “This is another important fund-raiser for us and we are really grateful for John Parker of RentaWall for helping us out with this event.

“The Scouts are really looking forward to their expedition to Lesotho and we will be working with the people there to export some of our knowledge in Northumberland to Lesotho, such as forestry and fishing, so that they can set up new industries. We would be really grateful if people could help us climb our way to Africa to learn more about the environment, help other people and gain important life skills by supporting us on May 19, as well as having a chance to try out a new sport in this Olympic year.”

The group has already been well-backed in its African quest. Just some of the donations its has received include a £1,000 grant from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest Scheme, as well as support during a charity shop and coffee morning event in Wooler and cake sale at the fish market in Alnwick.