‘DETERMINED’ sea scouts are rallying residents to help with last minute fund-raising enabling their new HQ to open this summer.
Last year the 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts were left devastated when suspected arsonists targeted the steel frame of their new HQ and community building, leaving it warped in the blaze.
The incident happened just weeks before the pandemic hit, putting fund-raising on hold and causing delays to the insurance claim and rebuilding works.
But the group now has a watertight shell which they are beginning to fit out, and have raised more than £850,000.
Money has been donated by numerous local foundations and charities, while the scouts have held events including virtual afternoon teas to raise money.
And they are now approaching the final fit out stage, which when completed will increase the number of children who can join the group.
The first stage saw the jetties renovated and a new boatyard constructed.
Warwick Mayor Terry Morris said: “It is amazing to see such great progress being made since the fire a year ago. The local community have really come together to support this project over the last few years and it’s great to see it now becoming a reality.
“The new facility will enable the group to expand, giving even more of the district’s young people and children the opportunity to join and benefit from the many life-long skills and experiences they offer, whilst also establishing a great new community venue in the heart of Warwick. I can’t wait to see it up and running later in the year.”
But to enable work to be completed funds still need to be raised and items sponsored.
A ’final fit-out raffle’ is being held online in a bid to help the group towards its total. Tickets cost £1 with prizes including days out and local meals.
Visit www.2wk.org.uk to find out more.