Appeal after flooding

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MEMBERS of a north Derbyshire scout group are appealing for help to repair their hut after a burst pipe caused devastating water damage.

The scout hut in Eckington was ruined when the boiler failed during the cold weather causing major water leaks.

It has damaged the kitchen, ladies toilet, wooden tables and the hall floor.

Now group leaders are appealing for help to get the hut back in shape.

A spokeswoman said 60 pipe bursts had already been repaired.

She added: “A new ceiling is required in the kitchen as well as lighting and flooring.

“In the ladies new fittings will be needed and possibly new tables.”

The Scout group is appealing to all former Eckington Scouts, leaders and parents to help.

“If everyone who has been involved with the scouts over the past 50 years were to donate just a pound each this would go a long way towards sorting their current problems,” she said.

“New kitchen equipment has been donated and is ready to be fitted but this recent devastation means that much other work is required prior to this being installed.”

She said the group carried out regular fundraising to pay its utility bills but there was no cash for repairs.

The scouts are appealing to local shops and businesses to display collecting boxes for three months so money can be raised.

Donations can also be sent to Group Scout Leader Mr B Parkin, 29 Warren Crescent, Marsh Lane, Eckington, or treasurer Mrs G Parker, 93 High Street, Eckington.

The Scouts and Cubs have also planned a sponsored dog and cycle walk at Rother Valley, a tabletop sale, Easter egg and chocolate tombola and a disco.

For information contact Sheila on 0114 247 2538.