Business digs deep for Scouts

A LYNEMOUTH business has dipped into its pockets to donate more than £500 to a North East Scout group.

Rio Tinto Alcan has handed over the grant to the 19th Whitley Bay Scout Group to help it buy new camping equipment, including three top of the range tents.

The funds were pledged through the company’s Community Foundation Fund that was set up to support charities and good causes across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Alcan Communities Specialist Jennifer Snelson said: “Rio Tinto Alcan is keen to help young people in the local community and the 19th Whitley Bay Scout Group is a fantastic resource that enables children and young people to make new friends and get involved in constructive activities where they have fun and learn new skills too.”

Community groups wishing to apply for a grant can contact the Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945 or visit