Members of Elmswell Scouts have completed a 25-mile bike ride to raise money for victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake.
After a ride of nearly three hours - which took the youngsters on a loop from Elmswell’s Blackbourne Community Centre via Borley Green, Rattlesden, Felsham, Beyton, Tostock and Norton - the total currently stands at more than £1,500.
The idea for the fund-raiser came in support of one of the Elmswell Scouts, 12-year-old Hari Sharma, whose family is originally from Nepal and still has close links with the Himalayan country.
Ben Savill, Elmswell Group Scout Leader, said: “The horror of the earthquake was discussed at our regular Wednesday meeting, and the Scouts wanted to show support for Hari and his family.”
He added: “A 25-mile bike ride seemed like a suitable challenge to get sponsorship from family and friends, and the Scouts who participated are well on the way to earning their Cycling badge.”
Around 20 youngsters plus parent supporters rode the route, with regular breaks for water and snacks to keep energy levels and spirits high. Some of the younger Scouts completed a 12-mile route.
Ben Savill said: “The Scouts all did an excellent job, and the fabulous total reflects their effort and commitment. We’re very proud of what they achieved.”
The £1,500 so far raised is significantly more than the original £1,000 target the Scouts set themselves, but they would like to hit £2,000.
Hari’s dad, Guru Sharma, used to work as a sherpa in Nepal before moving to the UK. The money raised will be passed to him to distribute as he sees fit, and he has promised to report back to the Scouts on how it is being spent.
To donate, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ESGforNepal
In other news, Elmswell Scouts has recently been awarded more than £4,500 in funding from The Big Lottery. The money will be used to buy new equipment which will enable the group to carry out more camps and adventures.