Braunston scouts set £10k target to save hall

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A SCOUT group in danger of becoming homeless is gearing up for a mammoth fundraising effort.

The Second Braunston Scouts will have to move out of their building at the bottom of Cross Lane unless they raise £10,000 to fix the roof.

And now members are getting ready to embark on the three peak challenge in a bid to get as much cash as possible.

The group’s scout leaders will be joined by county wide scouts and friends of the scouts’ association as they aim to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in the space of 24 hours.

Stuart Muddiman, 31, has been the group’s scout leader for seven years and is leading the fundraising charge.

He said: “The problem with the building is it’s old and back in the 1960s the wrong sort of roof was put on it.

“That has basically pushed out the walls and wrecked it and so it needs to be fixed or it will be too dangerous for us to use.

“We need to raise around £10,000 to get the job done. We’ve raised a little bit with cake stalls and things but this will be the biggest fundraiser so far.

“We don’t want to close and so now we are just raising as much cash as possible. If we had to close it could lead to the end of the club because it’s easy to just find new premises. We want to try and keep what we’ve got.”

Mr Muddiman said the scout group dates back over 50 years and could even be up to 80 years old.

It currently houses around 20 scouts and 15 cubs.

He will be joined on the trek by Steve Irwin, Rob Waugh, Graham Eccles, Brian Stafford, Neil Britain-Austin, Phil Wilkes, Paul Brocklhurst, whose ages range from 26 to 35.

Daventry Town Football Club has also agreed to lend the group a minibus for the challenge which will be driven by Steve Rolt.

Stuart Muddiman added: “Everyone has been training for the last four months. We are all competent walkers but obviously the severity of the challenge and doing it in 24 hours is the toughest factor, but I’m sure we can do it.

“The football club has loaned us its minibus, paid for insurance and is giving us a full tank of petrol which we are extremely grateful for.

“It will be great if lots of other people in Daventry can get behind us.”

If you’d like to support the group visit www.braunston scouts.co.uk/3peaks.