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Scouts Grant

MORE children will be able to experience the joys of Scouting thanks to a donation by Arriva Transport Solutions.

3rd Codnor Scout Group has received a £500 grant as part of our Community Action Awards and will use the money to build a wheelchair ramp at its headquarters.

Karen Watts, who is a team leader at ATSL as well as a volunteer at the Scout group, said: “The ramp will allow children who use a wheelchair to access the building more easily. This is a fantastic Scout group and we want all children to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

The grant was given to the Scouts as part of our Community Action Awards which hands out thousands of pounds to charities and community organisations nominated by its employees.

ATSL Director Marjorie Haynes said: “Many of our staff carry out wonderful volunteering work and the Community Action Awards are one way we support them in this.

“We are very proud of the work Karen is doing in the community and hope this money will bring lots of joy to children at 3rd Codnor Scout Group.”

When the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers aren’t on camp learning outdoor skills they are busy helping out in the community at events including Remembrance Day parades and charity fundraisers.

Karen, whose three children, Chris, 13, Katie, 12, and Michael, 10, all attend the 3rd Codnor group, believes Scouts is just as popular today as it was back in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell first began the movement.

She said: “We have lots of children who come along and really enjoy taking part in the activities and earning their badges. We regularly go on camp where they make friends and learn important skills like first aid.

“Because we are a charity we have to raise money to keep the building and group going so we are extremely grateful for the donation from ATSL.”

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