Desperate plea for volunteers

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A SCOUT leader today made a desperate appeal for volunteers to help her run the group she has been leading single-handedly for more than two years.

Marie Wroe has been acting as sole leader of the scouts, beavers and cubs in South Anston – while also struggling to walk after a car crash left her on crutches.

She said she is in desperate need of people to help lessen the load – and enjoy themselves – by offering from just two hours of volunteering a fortnight.

Marie, of Dinnington, said: “We need volunteers to run the beaver and cub section. It’s basically making sure the kids have fun – and you get a lot out of it yourself too.

“I do have some young leaders but, apart from a parent rota at cubs and one of the scout leaders who helps when he can at beavers, I have no adult help.”

Marie has been a scout leader for 20 years and is celebrating her milestone this year with a trip to Brownsea Island in Dorset, where the first scouts camped in 1907.

She loves the role, but working three sections is taking its toll as she struggles with the after-effects of a bad car crash in 2006.

She said: “Since my accident, life is one big struggle. It does affect things because I can’t get down on my hands and knees any more, I can’t go camping.

“Sometimes it gets me down but not for long. A smile from a child who has tied their first knot or managed to understand map reading will often rekindle the flame of enthusiasm.”

Her 38th South Anston group were given a unique welcome into the cub movement at the weekend – on ice.

More than 140 children became ‘invested’ – making a pledge and getting their uniform – into the group on Saturday.

And for the first time, possibly ever in the world, the ceremony took place on an ice rink – at iceSheffield in Attercliffe at midnight before youngsters enjoyed a fun sleepover.

Volunteers can offer help at the group every fortnight or week for as many hours as they are able to.

For more details call Marie on 01909 565 477.