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1st Kilsyth Scout And Explorer Group

Kilsyth & Cumbernauld

A KILSYTH scout group has added to its canoeing equipment thanks to funding from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Scheme.

1st Kilsyth Scout Group and Explorer Unit is focusing on improving the activities it can provide for its members and canoeing is a huge focus for the group, offering young people the chance to try out the sport and gain qualifications.

As the current equipment has been used for a number of years, they were keen to purchase new kit and applied to the bursary scheme.

Pauline Gulliver, section assistant at 1st Kilsyth Scout Group, said: “We are thrilled that we will be able to replace our old equipment using this donation from Ross and Liddell.

“We are lucky to be located close to Auchinstarry Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal so we have an excellent facility for training to take place and the young people really enjoy it.

“We are really trying to improve the activities we can offer our members and financial support like this makes a massive difference and allows us to do even more with our young people.”

The Group has around 70 members, from aged of six to 18, split across Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer sections. Each section meets once a week during term time and sections also run  overnight camps with the young people.

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.

Now in its fourth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.

Irene Devenny, Managing Director of Ross and Liddell, said: “Canoeing is a great sport for young people to be involved in and it’s fantastic that the 1st Kilsyth Scout Group and Explorer Unit can offer its members the opportunity to learn new skills on the water.

“In order for this to continue, it’s important that they have the right equipment available and we are thrilled the funding from our bursary will go towards upgrading the current kit.

“With the weather starting to improve, the young people will have a great time out on the canal this summer.”