Charity gets the benefit of scouts work

A SCOUT unit has raised more than £1,000 for a charity that provides an audio recording service for the visually impaired.

Members of the Whitley Bay Explorer Scouts took part in a number of events and raised £1,165 for Tyne Sound News.

The money has been used to purchase new high speed recording equipment for the charity, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services earlier this year.

The group, aged between 14 and 18, raised the money by hosting a Mexican meal for friends and family, auctioning second hand books and encouraging supporters to fill empty Smartie tubes with coins.

The Mexican meal saw scouts work with local event catering company Epicurus Events Ltd to learn how to cook and serve traditional Mexican food, and this raised more than £450.

The scouts chose to fundraise for Tyne Sound News because of the vital work the charity does.

It was established 30 years ago and distributes 25,000 tapes and CDs per year, free of charge, providing a vital link with the outside world for those who are visually impaired.

The recordings are done by volunteers and the money raised by the scouts will purchase high speed CD copiers, enabling the charity to increase the number of its recordings.

Scout Josh Kemp, who volunteers with the charity, said: “I feel really proud of the commitment and determination that has been shown by all members of Whitley Bay Explorer Unit in raising this incredible amount for Tyne Sound News.

“The money will go towards modernising the recording and copying process and making the charities work more accessible to younger generations for years to come.”

Tyne Sound News chairman Doug Walker added: “All the volunteers are delighted and overwhelmed by the efforts of the Whitley Bay Explorer Scouts to raise this amount of money for our charity.

“As the service we offer is free of charge to all users and we rely on donations for our funding, this money will assist in our drive to move more fully into digital recording.

“We were hoping enough would be raised to purchase a new copying unit, but we will now be able to purchase that and more besides.”