Beavers raise cash for Jack Banks charity

August 16 2016

BEAVER scouts from Fishponds took part in a sponsored walk at Vassalls Park.

BEAVER scouts from Fishponds took part in a sponsored walk at Vassalls Park.

The children, aged six to eight, collected £365 for  the Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund, which raises money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Jen Clark, leader of the 151st Beaver Scouts, said the walk to Snuff Mills had enabled the children to work towards their My World and Hiker’s badges.

She said: “The week before the walk we discussed how you would prepare for a walk, demonstrating what to pack in your rucksack and what clothing and footwear would be suitable for a walk.

“The following week, we met in the car park of Vassalls; luckily it was not raining, although like all good scouts we had come prepared! We started our walk, stopping off and looking at different interesting things and of course climbing trees. Down by the river we looked at some fish that a man had caught and saw lots of different wildlife. We finally got to Snuff Mills only five minutes late. Raising money, learning new things and having fun is all part of the scouting movement!”

The group presented a cheque to Jack’s mum Paula, who started the fund in support of the hospital where her son was treated for several years before his death from leukaemia in 2008 at the age of nine.

The fund has raised more than  £161,000, providing a new playroom and integrated conservatory for the Children’s Cancer Unit, helping towards the refurbishment of the unit’s kitchen and providing Captain Jack’s Treasure Chests, from which children undergoing treatment for cancer can choose a  treat when undergoing unpleasant and scary medical procedures.

Jack’s Fund is currently working towards a target of £70,000 for the refurbishment of 10 isolation rooms on the unit, where children spend many weeks recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

For information about Jack’s Fund, visit its Just Giving page.

To find out more about the 151st Scout Group, visit:  http://151-bristol-scouts.co.uk/