Scouts in appeal for new HQ

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A CAMPAIGN to raise £500,000 to build new headquarters for Suffolk Scouts has been officially launched.

Scout leaders hope the state of the art facility at Bradfield Park Campsite will provide a ‘lasting legacy’ for young people.

The building would replace the current temporary headquarters, which was set up on the site in 2003 and is a former classroom.

Max Milburn, chairman of the site development committee, said: “Having a permanent facility where young people can sleep, eat and engage in activities, particularly during inclement weather or winter will make Bradfield Park even more attractive.”

The project will be split into two phases starting with the building of the new facility and then adding dormitories.

The appeal to raise £500,000 for phase one was unveiled at Ickworth House on Monday night.

The 8th Marquess of Bristol, Frederick Hervey, is the patron of the appeal.

He said: “When Max first approached me to be the patron I was immediately enthusiastic. It’s an incredibly good cause.”

Mr Milburn added: “Being a voluntary organisation, we are forced to rely on charitable support. For example, it seems we are unlikely even to be let off the burden of VAT now running at 20 per cent and possibly amounting to £100,000 in this instance.”

Donations can be made by cheque to Bradfield Park Scout Appeal and sent to the Suffolk Scouts County Office at 143 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5BS.