Scout charity bag packers made £1,000

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A SCOUT group has ended a successful year by raising almost £2,000 at two charity bag-packing events.

More than 40 youngsters from 1st Bourne Scouts and their leaders were at Sainsbury’s in Exeter Street, Bourne, on December 18 and 24 helping customers load their festive shopping.

The two events combined raised more than £1,900 and £1,000 of that will be given out to charities across Bourne.

The remaining £900 will be used to subsidise the children’s annual camping trip to Burghley House in Stamford.

Chairman of the 1st Bourne Scouts Greg Cejer said he was overwhelmed at the generosity of shoppers.

The money will be used to support Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, as well as other charities yet to be chosen.

Mr Cejer said he expected the money to help at least ten charities and is hoping to see some of the money go to Bourne Health and Wellbeing and Lives First Responders.

He thanked Sainsbury’s store manager Karl Cunningham for allowing the scouts to hold the events.

During 2011, the group has also raised £1,000 to help the Rotary Club’s Aquabox appeal and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.