Grant is wheely good news for Morpeth scouts

A SCOUT group can drive forward further improvements after it received a funding boost.

Dave Herne, who works as a bus driver for Arriva, is Assistant Leader of 4th Morpeth and he aimed to bring in some extra cash for it by applying to the company’s Community Action Awards.

And the panel gave him a silver award of £500 for the group, which will go to its equipment fund.

Mr Herne first became involved as a parent helper five years ago when his son joined and for the last three years he has helped out with all sections of 4th Morpeth – it covers an age range from six to 25.

“I believe it is a great organisation for young people to be a part of, as it helps teach them fundamental skills and respect, all in a fun and enjoyable way, and it is open to so many youngsters of all nationalities and faiths,” he said.

“The 4th Morpeth group 
has raised £35,000 in the last 
18 months through donations, 
coffee mornings, raffles, various sponsored events, the 
buy-a-brick scheme and the Scout Christmas Post, so we could extend our scout hut by 50 per cent.

“We also need to collect funds each year to maintain and replace equipment.

“It’s a good thing that Arriva runs such a scheme to help community organisations and the children were very excited to hear that we had received some funding.”