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Scouts go the extra mile to help others

Posted onPosted on 29th Oct

Scout leaders across the Mansfield area have not allowed the coronavirus pandemic to stop them from helping others over the past few months.

When Rumbles catering project at Clipstone was struggling to deliver food parcels, it asked 1st Clipstone Scout Group to help.

Group Scout Leader Jim Gibson knew they could come up with a solution and offered its minibus.

Then four adult leaders — husbands and wives Steven and Karen Gough and Jason and Rebecca Truscott — stepped up to help.

For three months they gave up their time every weekend to deliver more than 270 food parcels to keyworkers, the NHS, and those struggling in the community.

Leaders Tony Nolan and Louise Bailey delivered emergency food parcels from Dukeries District Foodbank, Ollerton, and also collected prescriptions.

Stuart Harper, Assistant Scout Leader, made almost 500 visors on his 3D printing machine and distributed them to GP surgeries, nursing Homes and the NHS.

4th Mansfield Woodhouse have manned their headquarters to serve their local foodbank.

Throughout the crisis, Scouting in Mansfield has continued ‘virtually’ to keep its young people engaged and its leaders supported.