Scouts appeal for help after thousands of pounds of kit goes up in smoke

October 04 2016

AN appeal has been made by scouts in Chipping Sodbury for help to replace equipment that was destroyed in a van fire.

AN appeal has been made by scouts in Chipping Sodbury for help to replace equipment that was destroyed in a van fire.
Members of the 1st Chipping Sodbury group were heading to the Lake District for their summer camp when the fire broke out in the van carrying their kit as they were on the M6 in Preston.
No-one was hurt but the damage to the equipment was estimated at £21,000.
Scout leader Nick Cook said: “We had a few tents in another vehicle and, with the fine weather, we were able to continue with the camp but had to cancel many of the planned activities.”
He said the van had been on loan to the group from Yate company Powersystems and insurance cover did not extend to all of the equipment lost, leaving the scouts with an £11,000 shortfall.
A number of companies and organisations in the Chipping Sodbury area have already come to the aid of the scouts, including the Town Lands Charity, but there is still more equipment to replace.
Mr Cook said: “We would like to thank Powersystems for its generous support and also Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, which has donated £2,000 towards replacement kit.
“Unfortunately this still leaves us out of pocket and we would like to appeal to anyone who could help us replace the lost equipment.”
Mr Cook should be contacted via email at nick.cook742@btinternet.com by anyone who is able to help.