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Beckenham Scout GroupĀ supports local charity

by Paul Amass News Press Release

Beckenham Scout GroupĀ supports local charity

The past three Saturdays has seen the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group offering the use of their Scout hut to collect for Living Well Bromley – a local charity based at Holy Trinity Church, Lennard Road - supporting people with varied needs, including social isolation, addiction, mental health issues, homelessness whilst offering debt advice and a foodbank.

Adam Young, Group Scout Leader said "We are very privileged to have our own Scout hut and wanted to use it for something worthwhile during the lockdown and of course the current climate of extra need and food shortages. Our thoughts were for the many people who have lost employment, families who normally receive free school meals and essentially those who have never considered needing the assistance of a food bank before. Our local food bank was in dire need for food donations, with supermarkets limiting purchases with empty shelves, they were and still are struggling to provide their normal service, with the  increased demand they are experiencing. As with Scouting, the Living Well food bank is run by volunteers and with the need for social distancing, it can only accept donations once a week during a two hour window every Tuesday and this doesn't help their cause. So our aim was to collect as many donations as we could by providing our Scout hut as a drop off point. We have opened our hut up for the past two Saturdays between 10am and 3pm to give people the opportunity to donate and we then gather it all together on a Tuesday and deliver in bulk.

Our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Scout families responded with amazing generosity and kindness, many of them taking the opportunity of the fine weather to come out on their bicycles and or have a family walk with a purpose and, as you can see from the photos, the results have been fantastic on both weeks.

We intend to continue every Saturday at least until the donations wane but hopefully both enthusiasm and generosity will continue.

We have run it with just two leaders present to maintain social distancing, myself and Deborah Cavalli, both of us Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders and a couple of our older Explorers Scouts who have assisted with the sorting, packing and loading for delivery."

Eoin Mclaughlin & James Hayes, aged 18 and 17, from the 5th Beckenham South Vultures Explorer Unit Said " As soon as we read the emails from our Explorer leaders asking for food bank donations we both volunteered straight away to help out if we were needed. Of course we have to stay two meters apart but that is easy enough with only four people in the Scout hut. All of the food donations that come in are sorted out into categories, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, pasta, rice, cereals, that sort of thing. At the same time we check the use by date as anything out of date cannot be distributed by the food bank and then we pack it all up and help load it for delivery. We have never seen anything like this before in our lifetimes and are very worried about people and especially young families who are struggling to get enough food. As Scouts our promise is to help other people and we are really proud to be helping collect food for the food bank. Being in Year 13 we have time on our hands that we wanted to use to help our community and we will continue to help for as long as the current pandemic continues and beyond, since even when the lockdown goes away, we must remember that the needs of vulnerable people will still remain."

If you are interested in donating please contact the Group Scout Leader,

 


Adam Young via email on adam@thefifth.org.uk

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