8th Dec, 2016

Hampton Beavers help to raise vital cash for WaterAid

Rob George 15th May, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CARING Beaver Scouts from 1st Evesham 1st Hampton have taken on a youth social action project with Wateraid to help raise awareness and money, as part of Scouting’s ‘A Million Hands’ campaign.

‘A Million Hands’ is aiming to enlist half a million Scouts to volunteer for some of the UK’s biggest charities.

Beaver Scouts from 1st Evesham 1st Hampton Scout Group, who are aged 6 to 8 years old, had lots of fun and adventure learning about a number of different charities, before deciding for themselves which issue they wanted to take action on and how they wanted to help that cause.

They chose Water Aid and have learnt that though in Evesham they are very fortunate to have clean, safe water available to us whenever they need it, even if sometimes too much, some of the world’s poorest communities are forced to walk for miles to collect unsafe water.

Through the ‘A Million Hands’ campaign the Beavers were encouraged to appreciate how important access to safe, clean water is in their daily lives.

They proactively ensured that the UK’s waterways are well looked after by going on a challenging 5km sponsored walk along the banks of the River Avon.

It was an adventure in the wilderness and fun was had by all young walkers.

It is hoped with the money raised water aid will be able to achieve their aim of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

“It’s fantastic to be joining forces with some of the UK’s biggest charities to be creating positive social change,’ said Hannah Kentish, Youth Commissioner of The Scout Association.

“I am so proud of the good things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country and am really excited to see what we’ll be able to achieve when we focus that passion and energy on the big generational issues of our time,” she added.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help can visit www.scouts.org.uk for more information.

Scouting welcomes both adults and young people, boys and girls, who are inspired by the organsation’s work to get involved in scouting’s life changing adventure.