Sea Scouts walk 100 miles to raise money for new HQ - The Leamington Observer

Sea Scouts walk 100 miles to raise money for new HQ

Leamington Editorial 31st Oct, 2017 Updated: 1st Nov, 2017   0

SEA Scouts left water for land to walk 110 miles in three days.

A nine-strong team from 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts walked from the charity’s headquarters in London to their scout hut in St Nicholas Park.

The nine scouts and four leaders completed the walk in two relay teams – walking a total of 55 miles each.

The trek raised more than £4,000 towards a new scout headquarters and open air boatyard, which is set to cost around £700,000.

The improvements will enable the group to take on some 50 extra members.

Event organiser and scout leader Polly Scurrah said: “I’m incredibly proud of how well the scouts pulled together during the walk to help each other get through the hard bits.

“Walking for six hours solid into the early hours of the morning was one of the hardest moments. I was having my doubts in the lead up to the event that we would complete, but the scouts really took on the challenge and were so determined to keep going.

“This has definitely been one of my biggest challenges I have done as part of this scout group. I have been involved for 17 years and hope that there will be many more challenges to come, hopefully a little less painful ones, and also in a newer hut.”

And youngster Niall Meades who took part in the trek said it was all worthwhile.

He told the Observer: “It was a long hard walk for good cause. I was relieved when we reached Warwick, but pleased that I completed it with no blisters.”

Abigail George, who at age ten was the youngest on the walk, said despite finding the walk hard she enjoyed every second.

She said: “I found it very hard through the night because I got very tired, we had done six hours straight and it was all in the dark.

“Although it was very challenging it was also quite enjoyable. It was really nice getting back to our scout hut to see everyone from the scouts.”

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