Help scout group reach funding target for new hut

1st Horringer Scout Group at their new scout hut, which is close to completion
1st Horringer Scout Group at their new scout hut, which is close to completion
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Supermarket shoppers could help a scout group reach its fund-raising target for a new £90,000 hut.

The 1st Horringer Scout Group’s eco-friendly scout hut is one of three groups to have been shortlisted for a cash award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

It is in the running to win either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 and customers can vote this month for who they think should take away the top grant using tokens given to them at the Tesco Superstore, in Bury St Edmunds.

Mark Hill, acting project manager, said the top prize would hopefully see them across the funding finish line.

He said: “We are so close to completion now and hope that we can open the doors to our new meeting venue this year.

“It will be a great addition to the area where local community groups both young and old will benefit and enjoy.”

The project is 80 per cent complete and will allow for more varied scouting activities including overnight camps. It could also be used by other scouting clubs as well as the wider community.

They recently scooped £10,000 in National Lottery funding through the Awards for All scheme and £5,000 from the West Suffolk Youth Trust. This will go towards the final part of the build to install new flooring, internal partitions, kitchen, toilets, shower room and new electrics.

They started fund-raising in spring 2011 and have received support from organisations including Suffolk Community Foundation, Havebury Housing Partnership, parish councils and private businesses. They have also held fetes, car washes and a buy-a-bale initiative.