Scouts desperate to raise final £60k to realise dream
A Norfolk scout group is desperately seeking £60,000 after the pandemic rendered its building not fit for purpose.
The 1st Fressingfield Scout Group has been unable to operate out of its current headquarters at Goodwin Hall in New Street as the building is not Covid-secure.
Members have been fundraising to move into a new site for the past three years, raising an impressive £250,000 of a targeted £310,000.
Now, without being able to operate out of Goodwin Hall due to its lack of toilets and running water, the group is unable to return to face-to-face scouting, creating a new urgency to raise the final £60,000.
Group scout leader Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne said: “Our current building cannot be made Covid-secure and other local community facilities are not available because they have decided not to reopen for community use.
“We have been able to provide limited scouting activities but, with the winter weather coming and the nights drawing in, this isn’t sustainable.
“We currently have 120 children learning vital skills that will equip them for adulthood. In addition to the skills they learn, scouting helps the children with their mental wellbeing, especially important at this time.
“We are calling on local businesses, local government, the general public and the mums and dads in Suffolk and Norfolk to support us with funding.”
The group was gifted an acre of land in Priory Road, and has planning permission for a modular-style building – the challenge facing the organisation now is to raise the final funds to connect the building to the utilities and services in order to access running water, heating and lighting.
Seven-year-old Elliot Walker, a cub with the group, took part in his own challenge to run, walk, ski, swim and cycle 100km in a month, raising £850 towards the project.
Anyone looking to donate should contact Dawn Carman-Jones on 07734 731817.