Scouts are first to get Smile funding

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More than 80 scouts and their leaders from South Holland can look forward to a summer to remember thanks to a helping hand from the Smile Fund.

South Holland District Scout Council was among the scores of applications we have received so far for a slice of a £10,000 pot offered by Spalding and District Round Table.

And last week, they were the first to pick up a cheque after their application was approved by a panel of Round Table members.

They now have £500 towards the cost of taking part in Poacher 2013 – the largest international scouting camp in the East Midlands.

The camp will be held at the Lincolnshire Showground from July 27 to August 3 and will involve scouts from all over the country and even some from abroad.

Although the £160 cost per head is being met by parents, that does not include the cost of food, camping gas, marquee and equipment hire.

The scouts have been busy fundraising to raise that money and the £500 from the Smile Fund will go towards it.

Scouts district commissioner Paul Taylor said: “We are very grateful for the contribution.

“The joy and ethos of scouting is that it is open and available to all young people.

“This is one of the best camps any young scout can attend, not only in terms of activities on offer but also for the social experience and cultural interaction with other scouts from around the UK.”

HOW TO APPLY

Spalding and District Round Table has teamed up with the Spalding Guardian to offer £10,000 to help good causes in the community.

And the great news is that there are really very few limits to who can apply to the Smile fund. Applicants can be individuals (for themselves or on behalf of someone else), a group of people, a club, an organisation or maybe a school.

Perhaps you or a relative needs a little funding help to redecorate a room in your home or buy an essential item. Or maybe you know a sports team which needs a new kit or new equipment.

A panel, including Round Table members and a representative of the Spalding Guardian, will decide which applications will be backed with a donation of up to £500.

Requests for amounts over £500 will still be considered but will be put before all Round Table members.

So, fill in the application form in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian or email tracey.sweetland@jpress.co.uk