Local Scouts present a magnificent sum to the volunteers of Weston RNLI

For nearly 30 years the 1st Milton Scout Group in Weston has raised money at Christmas time. . Last night they came to the station to present a cheque to support the charity.

Each Christmas the children of the 1st Milton Scout Group in Weston-super-Mare work to raise money which they share with the local RNLI. They build a Santa Sleigh float which is exhibited in the Weston High Street where they ask for donations from shoppers. This was over three week-ends in the run up to Christmas. One of the leaders dresses up as Father Christmas and the children often dress up as Elves. After that, on ten, pre-Christmas evenings the sleigh is taken round the residential streets of Weston once again collecting donations. This Santa Sleigh has become a major event, broadcast on Facebook and it is a highlight of the festive season for many around the town.

This activity was started by Alan Reynolds when he was Group Scout Leader and has been continued by his successors including Gemma Katana the current Group Leader.

This year the scouts activities raised £3226 for the RNLI which is nearly £1000 more than last year.. On Wednesday evening the scouts, beavers, cubs and scouts joined the volunteers of Weston RNLI at their training session. They presented a cheque to Peter Elmont the chairman of Weston RNLI fundraising branch and Mike Buckland the Lifeboat Operations Manager at the station.

Mike Buckland, Weston Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘All donations to our charity are valuable and gratefully received. This one is particularly so because it was collected by the boys and girls of the scouts. Over the years the 1st Milton Scouts have collected a lot of money for us to help with our role of saving lives at sea.’

Gemma Kattana, Group Scout Leader said;’ We are very grateful for the generosity of the people of Weston who have supported us so well. We are also grateful to Alan Reynolds who has organised these Christmas collections over the years. We have always respected the local RNLI and the work they do as volunteers. Our scouts enjoyed the experience and take pleasure in helping the lifeboat crew.’

  • The enclosed pictures show the Scout Santa Sleigh in the High Street and the presentation of the cheque to the crew. Peter Elmont is in the foreground. Mike Buckland is in RNLI kit in middle on the Lifeboat.