Hike for heroes on cancelled St George's parade

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27 Apr 2011
1st Murston and Bapchild Scout Group get ready for a St George's Day hike in aid of Help for Heroes. A Cancelled St George's Day parade has not deterred determined Scouts who will hike 20 miles while raising cash for charity.

Scouts Help the Heros

Scouts, Explorer Scouts and leaders from the 1st Murston and Bapchild group will set off from Bapchild and Tonge Primary School on Friday afternoon and hike to Scout HQ at Bexon Lane, Bredgar, carrying all the cooking and camping equipment they need for the three-day fundraising expedition, in aid of Help for Heroes.

After pitching their tents, cooking dinner and spending the night under canvas, the 30-strong group will make its way to the Scout hut in Teynham, where they will repeat the process on Saturday night. On Sunday, the group will march to Sittingbourne town centre, to join members of the Scouting and Guiding movement for a belated celebration of St George's Day. The 16 Scouts, six Explorers and leaders would have been taking part in the parade, but this is not being held this year because police have withdrawn support to act as marshals. Instead, the young people will walk through Sittingbourne High Street between 2 and 2.15pm, with collecting boxes.

They will continue to Borden Grammar School to take part in a St George's Day ceremony
Group chairman Trevor Ottaway said: "If anybody wished to show support to these young people, who are doing something to help others, then it would be great to see them in the High Street."

To make a donation to Help for Heroes via 1st Murston and Bapchild Scouts, e-mail the group treasurer on mbtreasury@fsmail.net.