Be prepared for a chance to share 
in giveaway cash

Blackpool Gazette editor Jon Rhodes and Chairman of the Swallowdale Children's Trust Nigel Law with winners 15th Fleetwood Rainbows
Blackpool Gazette editor Jon Rhodes and Chairman of the Swallowdale Children's Trust Nigel Law with winners 15th Fleetwood Rainbows
0
Have your say

Youth group leaders who benefited from The Gazette’s £10,000 Community Giveaway are encouraging others to bid for a slice of the cash.

Nurturing young people’s adventurous side was one of the ways last year’s Community Giveaway helped local Scout and Girl Guide groups with money dished out for camping equipment, days out and Jamborees.

Community Giveaway

Community Giveaway

The new Explorer Scouts of St Annes received £300 to buy tents.

Chris Jeffrey, Explorer Scout Leader for St Annes, said: “The money from Swallowdale really helped.

“Along with support from other contributors, we were able to get some new tents and we took the Explorers camping in the Lakes, to an international Jamboree and on some Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

“It was great.”

Following his group’s bid success, Mr Jeffrey has encouraged the 12th LSA Scout Group, which has formed a Beaver Colony and Cub Pack, to apply for funding from the Community Giveaway this year.

He added: “They are a brand new set-up.

“They are planning their first camping trip and need the same sort of camping stuff.”

Groups and individuals under the age of 25 are encouraged to apply for the huge cash giveaway.

Volunteers at 15th Fleetwood Rainbows successfully applied for £400 from last year’s giveaway, to pay for an adventure day out at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe.

They said they would not have been able to fund the day without help from Swallowdale to cover costs.

Brenda Deery, who applied on behalf of the group, said: “It was a fantastic day.

“Having the money from Swallowdale made a huge difference – it would have been a lot of money for the parents.

“We are planning on applying again, as we would love to arrange a sleepover for the girls this year,”

Ist Pilling Scout Group benefited from £300 last year, to pay for camping equipment such as sleeping mats, and sleeping bags.