Oil supplier smoothes the way for a spot of DIY at the scout HQ

Members of the 4th Morpeth Scouts give their headquarters a lick of paint.
Members of the 4th Morpeth Scouts give their headquarters a lick of paint.

A SPOT of DIY has brightened up a Morpeth scout group’s headquarters.

Members of the 4th Morpeth troop were able to give a new section of the building in Low Stanners a good lick of paint after it received a £500 grant.

With more than 130 young people, aged between six and 18, attending meetings four nights a week, the group recently added an extension to the hut to keep up with the ever-growing number of visitors.

It needed painting so volunteer leaders could properly welcome both new and current members alike and Liz Waterfield, parent and fund-raising co-ordinator of the 4th Morpeth, got in touch with North East heating oil supplier F. Peart and Co.

She successfully applied for the funding through the company’s charitable bursary scheme.

“We had recently celebrated our 85th birthday and despite having grown in size over the past few years, there was still a large waiting list of young people wanting to join,” she said.

“The newly painted extension means we can welcome our new members to the hut in style and has completely freshened the place up in creams and whites. F. Peart and Co’s kind donation has really enabled us to add the perfect finishing touches to our extension and improve the facilities for the scouts.”

The bursary was launched in November to support worthwhile causes across the North East and provide an extra helping hand to those in need.

F. Peart and Co Business Manager Laura Jackson said: “The scout group has been working tirelessly to raise funds to improve their hut and we are really pleased to have been able to contribute with the donation.”