Scouts on the hunt to raise funds for Japanese trip

The North East group heading for the World Jamboree.
The North East group heading for the World Jamboree.

Three scouts and a leader from north Northumberland have been given the chance of a lifetime to visit Japan as part of a world Jamboree.

Merryn Hughes from Alnwick and David Potts, from Lesbury and Issobel Maxwell, from Wooler, will meet others from across the world at the event next summer alongside the Northumberland Jamboree Unit’s assistant leader, Graham Atkinson, who is also from Alnwick.

They were chosen from more than 90 applicants to represent Northumberland alongside around 40 0thers from the North East.

Now they are launching a fund-raising drive to cover the £3,450 it costs for each participant to attend.

Paul Joseph, leader of the Northumberland Jamboree unit said: “We are delighted to have a contingent from mid-Northumberland coming with us to the Jamboree.

“It is a great experience.”

World Jamborees happen every four years and are bigger, in terms of participants, than the Olympics.

For the Japanese trip the Scouts will be spending a few days in Tokyo, going up the Sky Tree, one of the tallest structures in the world.

They will also be staying with a Japanese family to find out what normal home life is like in the country.

And the trip coincides with the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and the scouts will visit the peace park there to pay their respects and spread the message of peace.

If you would like more information about the trip or would like to help support the scouts contact Paul Joseph on 07810485603 or at