6th Horsham (Methodist) Scouts and Larrikin Explorers have presented a cheque for £1100 to the charity, Action for Children. The money came from a fund-raiser event organised by the group’s Scout Leader Paul Banyard. During half term, the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers set out from their meeting place in Horsham heading for targets along the Downslink to Shoreham. Leaders and some parents supported, either walking with the younger members or manning check-points. Ultimately the two Explorer teams did a fantastic job – reaching Shoreham within their allotted time.
“We wanted to hold an event that all sections could feel part of and be challenged by and that would contribute to their badge work”, says Paul. It was decided to run a Hike starting from their meeting place at the Wesley Hall and head towards Shoreham. Beavers (aged 6 and 7) were given the target of reaching Southwater, Cubs (aged 8 – 101/2) Partridge Green and Scouts and Explorers as far as they could given the daylight available. The London Road Methodist Church held a coffee morning to send the hikers on their way, some of the cakes having been made by the Cubs and Scouts. Earlier forecasts of storms came to nothing and we were lucky with weather which was mainly dry though very cold. Even the youngest Beavers walked the 5 miles to Southwater Country Park. The Cubs pressed on to Partridge Green, some 9 miles in a fast time of just 3 hours. The Scouts continued on to Bramber Castle and the Explorers completed the 25 miles reaching Shoreham just before dark.
Everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed the challenge. The total raised was split between the Scouts and the target charity Action for Children. Through their efforts, the young people of 6th Horsham are helping people in our community. For more information about 6th Horsham Scout Group or the Larrikin Explorer Unit go to 6th Horsham Scouts Group
Ruth Dean, Action for Children, Community Partnership Fundraiser commented, “We are so grateful to the 6th Horsham Methodist Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers for taking on this walking challenge. It was great to be able to come and talk to them about the children and young people we work with and the difference their fundraising would make. They should all be very proud of their achievement and the fantastic amount they raised”.
About Action for Children Action for Children works directly with more than 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers each year. With 650 services throughout the UK we are in communities where you live and work. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we’ve been doing so for 145 years. For more information, visit actionforchildren.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @actnforchildren.
by Paul Banyard
Photographs by David Casey