Rotary helps scouts replace destroyed climbing gear

December 22 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury Rotary Club has come to the aid of scouts in the town who lost equipment in a fire.

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CHIPPING Sodbury Rotary Club has come to the aid of scouts in the town who lost equipment in a fire.

A donation of £2,000 has allowed the 1st Chipping Sodbury group to replace climbing gear that was destroyed when a van went up in smoke. 

 The scouts were heading up the M6 to the Lake District for their summer camp when the fire started in the vehicle that had been loaned to them and was carrying their kit.

No-one was hurt but damage was estimated at £21,000.

They were able to continue with the camp, although some activities had to be cancelled, and once home, appealed for help to replace the lost kit.

Scout leader Nick Cook said: “We are delighted that the Rotary Club came to the rescue. With its donation, we have been able to replace some of our climbing equipment, including safety hats, ropes, harnesses, braking devices and slings.” 

Rotary president Ian Lowe said: “We have worked with the scouts on many occasions and they have helped us out at our events, so when we heard what had happened we didn’t think twice.

“It is good to see that our donation will make such a positive impact and help the scouts continue their excellent work.” 

A number of companies and organisations in the Chipping Sodbury area have also made contributions to help the scouts.