Desperate appeal to save Scouts group

Appeal for help: Tori Swales and Debbie Ollerenshaw at the Scout hut in Moor Road
Appeal for help: Tori Swales and Debbie Ollerenshaw at the Scout hut in Moor Road

The future of a popular Chorley Scouts group could be under threat due to a serious lack of funds.

The leaders of All Saints Scouts, in Moor Road, claim they will do everything they can to keep the pack going, but are having to use their own money to pay for the children’s activities.

They say that all of the funds raised through subs paid by the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs is having to go towards a subscription fee for their Scout hut - which is also in desperate need of updating.

Now, leaders Tori Swales and Debbie Ollerenshaw, are appealing for the help of the community and are in the midst of organising a summer fair in a bid to generate vital funds.

Cub leader Tori said: “We don’t want to say it will close because we know that we can’t let that happen, but at the minute all we are doing is surviving and that is with us using our own money.

“We don’t begrudge it as the children really enjoy everything we do - all of the activities, parties and games, but things are getting expensive, including the materials for crafts and printing.

“We meet every Friday night between 5.30 and 8.15pm and the children do pay to attend, but most of the funds we raised that way last year was needed for the subscription fee for the hut.

“That in itself is a bit of a wreck at the moment and could do with a new kitchen at the very least, but we don’t even have any tents to go camping.”

Tori and Debbie are organising the summer fair for July 22 and are hoping people will be able to make donations to help their cause.

“We’re hoping to have bouncy castles, magicians, face-painting, games and stalls for toys, books, cakes and clothes.

“What we need most is for people to come along and support us, but we also need donations to help us raise money. Anyone who can help by providing entertainment for the day would also be great.

“The children absolutely love the group and we want to keep it going and push forward, but we do need help.”

Anyone who can support the cause is asked to call 01257 233309.