South Yoekshire scouts canvas-s energy firm for tent cash boost

Pix Shaun flannery  01302-570814 07778315553 .'Banks - Rotherham District Explorer Scouts.'Lewis Stokes of Banks hand's over tents to the group.
Pix Shaun flannery 01302-570814 07778315553 .'Banks - Rotherham District Explorer Scouts.'Lewis Stokes of Banks hand's over tents to the group.
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A South Yorkshire scout group has overhauled its equipment after an energy firm handed it a cash boost.

The Maelstrom Explorer Scouts, which has members from Rotherham, Whiston, Swallownest and Ulley, have bought new four-man tents after being handed money by Banks Renewables.

The firm gave the group a £1,000 donation using funds from the nearby Penny Hill Wind Farm’s community fund.

The Scouts have already tested their new tents on a trip to the Yorkshire Dales.

Set up seven years ago to encourage more local youngsters to stick with scouting, the Maelstrom group has a dozen members aged 14 to 18 who are all working towards different levels of the Queen’s Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Awards schemes.

The group regularly takes weekend training exhibitions throughout the county and will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in the summer.

Gary Bacon, Maelstrom Explorer Scouts leader, said: “The four-man tents we had have been well used over the last few years, and we were looking for ways in which to replace them before they got in to too worn out a condition.

“We carry out a range of fundraising work ourselves through the year which takes a lot of time and organisation, so the generous support we’ve received from Banks has not only saved up a lot of effort, but has also meant we’ve been able to replace our stock of tents all in one go.

“Our Scouts are all committed to making the best of the training and learning opportunities we’re able to offer them.

“The feedback we had from them on the new tents over their first weekend of use was positive, which sets us up well for all the expeditions we have planned through the year.”

The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund will provide more than £500,000 of community funding over its 25-year lifespan.

The fund is ring-fenced for use within the parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston and is looking to make a long-term contribution to local voluntary groups, environmental projects and community facilities nearby.