The 1st Sandstone Scout Group in Cheshire organised and took part in the 5th annual Beeston hike at the end of June to raise funds for Children on the Edge.
The Beavers, aged 6 and 7 from Sandstone Scout Group were joined by Beavers from Cestrian, 42nd Chester and 1st Tarporley Scout Groups - a total of 103 young people on a 6 mile hike along the Sandstone Trail from Bikerton Hill to Beeston Castle.
The young people, their leaders, families and friends all stopped for a picnic lunch in Bulkeley Woods before continuing to Beeston Castle. On arrival the young people had free admission to Beeston Castle where they continued their good deeds by rescuing and guarding a Peregrine Falcone until a keeper arrived to help.
“The children deserved a prize for just turning up” said Beaver Leader Marcus Morris. “We assembled in a torrential downpour which was enough to deter even hardy adults, but the children weren’t daunted, and as soon as we set off the rain stopped and we even saw some sun later in the day.”
We are really pleased to hear that by taking part in the hike, the young people not only raised valuable funds for Children on the Edge but they also earned the International Partnership Award and an Explore Badge. Their adventure also gained them points towards the Friendship Challenge Badge and the Community Challenge.
The funds they have raised will go a long way towards helping those vulnerable children around the world who we work closely with. An example of one of our projects is in Kachin State, Burma. Here we provide vital aid, warm blankets and clothes, daily nutritious snacks, early childhood development and trauma support for 1440 displaced children. Our centres are open 5 days a week which enables caregivers to spend a few hours of each day working in the fields to provide shelter and food for their families while their children are in a safe environment.
We would like to say an enormous thank you to the Beaver Scouts for completing the hike and raising the huge sum of £1650. We’d also like to thank the leaders for giving up their time to organise and take part in the event and all the friends and families who so willingly donated.