Volunteers from across Sheffield pitched in to overhaul a Scout group’s premises – which welcomed rugby legend Mike Catt.
The 231st Sheffield Shiregreen Scout Group was chosen by firms in the city for Give & Gain Day, an annual event which sees staff head out to a worthy cause to make a difference.
The group – which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – was ‘on the brink of closure’ a few years ago, but the day saw 157 volunteers paint the building and weed and plant in the Scout hut’s garden.
Youngsters were also visited by a host of big-name guests including England rugby union World Cup winner Mike Catt, Sheffield MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Coun Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
Danny Levick, Scout leader, said: “Seven years ago, we were on the brink of closure.
“The group consisted of four Beavers, three Cubs and six Scouts – most of whom were leaders’ children.
“The group was a constant target for local vandals who would fly tip, take drugs, defecate on the steps and attempt to burn down the building.
“Fast forward to now, and the group is now the biggest community group in the area – it is thriving and was part of Business in the Community’s give and gain day and a £30,000 refurbishment.
“This has gone down as the biggest day in the history of Shiregreen Scout Group.
“To see everybody here volunteering from local businesses and helping the community of Shiregreen is amazing.
“The whole community will benefit from this Scout hut being transformed.
“The young people that have come down have seen what teamwork can achieve and have seen how valuable life skills are, which is what scouting is all about.”
Building firm Marshalls donated 20 tons of material for the hut’s revamp, while staff from firms including Carillion, GI Group, Irwin Mitchell, John Lewis, , Mondelez, Sanctuary Housing, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield International Venues, Waitrose and Yorkshire Bank donated man hours to the project.