After a chance meeting with one of the parent volunteers of the 15th Long Eaton Sea Scouts and Guides Group, Harrington Lodge Charity Steward – Dale Bywater- set about speaking to the Trustees of the Lodge Benevolent Fund to see if funds could be donated to help them purchase a new kayak for the older scouts (who can no longer fit into the junior kayaks).
The Trustees – with unanimous votes from members of the Lodge – decided not just to give a donation, but to buy a kayak outright, on the understanding that the Lodge can ‘name’ the kayak (as seen in the photograph).
Cub Scout Leader, Louise Hainsworth said:
“Scouts is where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills. Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers. Yes, we go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling and canoeing. But we also get to hang out with our friends every week – having fun playing games, working in a team and taking on mew challenges.
15th Long Eaton Sea Scouts & Guides Group is the most inland Sea Scouts group in the UK, situated on the Erewash Canal, we deliver amazing water-based activities to approximately 150 young people aged between 6 to 25 each week.
Everyone is welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of the child’s physical ability, there’s a Scout adventure out there waiting for them, and we’ll help them find it. Many thanks once again, to the Harrington Lodge for your very kind donation of £800 towards the cost of the new kayak, which has been gratefully received by us all”.
Note: It is hoped the kayak will be in service for around 20 years.
Harrington Lodge Master – Tony (Lofty) Clare, Charity Steward – Dale Bywater, Louise Hainsworth – Cub Scout Leader, James Nourse – Scout Leader, Maxi Brown – Section Assistant and a selection of Scouts.