A SCOUT group left on its knees when its headquarters was destroyed by fire has appealed for help securing a much-needed grant.
First Saltney Ferry Scouts and Guides has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013, which could see them get a £3,000 cash windfall.
But the money depends on the group gaining more public votes than other competitors.
Scout leaders have made a plea to the public to help shore up the group’s sorely depleted funds.
More than 130 scouts and guides have been without proper premises since June last year when a fire left their HQ condemned.
A new building is being installed so they will have somewhere to meet in the winter.
But scout group secretary Patrick Gawley said renting temporary accommodation had drained reserves and cash was needed was needed to pay for disabled ramps for the new building.
“As a charity staffed entirely by volunteers, we’re finding it difficult to raise funds,” he said.
He said the £2 weekly subs members paid covered insurance costs but otherwise fundraising opportunities were limited.
“We have a summer fair and a few other events but realistically that’s money from parents so there’s only so much you can do.”
Group scout leader Rob Benyon asked as many people as possible to vote for the scouts group.
“The Lloyds Community Fund would make a huge difference.
“It would enable us to pay for steps and disabled access to our new scout hut and help to make a difference to the lives of over 130 young people in the locality.
“The scout group is a well established and vital part of the community and it gives children to experiences they might not have access to at home or school.
“We pride ourselves on the number and range of activities that we offer the young people in our group.”
Saltney Ferry Scouts and Guides are one of four groups in Flintshire nominated by Lloyds Bank staff for the awards.
They are up against Home Start Flintshire, which works with vulnerable young families, Clwyd Special Riding Centre for the Disabled and Daffodils, which provides leisure activities to young people with additional needs.
The two groups with the most votes will receive £3,000 each and the other two will receive £300.
To vote visit the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at www.lloydsbank.com/ communityfund. Voting is open until November 1.