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Mendlesham Scouts raise nearly £1,000 for new hut

Two 1st Mendlesham Scout Group members have been doing their best to help raise cash for a new Scout hut.

Eleven-year-old George Skilling and Robert Sharpe, who is eight, have raise nearly £1000 between them in to go towards the new building after the original was removed due to being unsafe for use.

George raised £300, completing a 12 mile cycle ride, starting and finishing at the Scout field in Mendlesham Green, visiting sites including Old Newton and cycling off road along Swill Tub Lane, Hundred Lane and Middy Railway. This was part of his personal challenge to complete 50 miles.

Robert raised £600.50, completing a 10.2 mile hike, starting at Little Stonham and ending up at Barham where his grandparents live. He passed through Stonham Aspal, Coddenham and various farms along the way.

Robert said: “My friend Charlie helped me by also raising some money and doing the walk with me. I've also had help from my mum and dad for getting some more sponsors.” He added: “it’s important to raise money for a new Scout hut, because we will be able to pass the building down to other children who would like to do Scouts too. It will help us have a good place to learn different things like about the RAF and staying dry too!"

Martyn Bryant, Group Scout Leader said: "Both George and Robert have shown their commitment to our fundraising to build our new Scout Hut. They have taken the Scout & Cub motto to the letter. Robert is a very new Cub and has only been a member since April, so has definitely shown his enthusiasm.”

The Scout group need to raise £250,000 to build a new hut. They have planning permission in place to build a log-style cabin with main hall, kitchen, office and storage facilities on the site of their old building at Mendlesham Green. The building will also provide a much- needed community space that other community groups will be able to hire for their meetings, and local residents can hire for private functions.

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