Sunday, 29 January 2017
For many years 1st Milton Scouts in Weston-super-Mare have organised a Christmas collection in aid of Weston Lifeboat station and its crew.
It was a rainy Sunday morning when the 1st Milton Scouts came down to the temporary RNLI station at Knightstone Plaza to donate the results of their activities. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the beavers, cubs and scouts as they presented a cheque for £2297 to the volunteers at the station.
The scouts had collected the money at a series of events leading up to Christmas 2016. They had spent two week-ends with an RNLI boat collecting in the High street at Weston when they were accompanied by some of the lifeboat crew. They also spent two weeks when they took a Santa Claus Float around Weston singing carols. This was very successful and was advertised on social media which enabled it to reach a wider audience.
After the formal presentation the lifeboat crew took the scouts for a ride along the beach in their all-terrain launching tractor the BV.
Alan Reynolds, 1st Milton Scout Group executive member, who has organised these Christmas activities for many years said: ‘This was the best year we have ever had. Our thanks go to the people of Milton and Weston-super-Mare and of course to the scouts themselves.’
Richard Spindler, RNLI Launching Authority said; ‘We have been supported brilliantly by this scout group for many years. At this time, when we are collecting for a brand new station, the money they raise is doubly welcome.’
Attached photograph show the scouts with the crew at Knightstone station. The cheque is being presented by Alan Reynolds to Peter Elmont, Chair Weston Fundraising Branch (Left) and Richard Spindler MBE, Senior crew member of the station.(right)