New-look for scouts’ base

Cubs and scouts leaders Caroline Charlton, left, and Michelle Mobberley, right, settling into their new base with Whitley Bay Cubs and Scouts.
Cubs and scouts leaders Caroline Charlton, left, and Michelle Mobberley, right, settling into their new base with Whitley Bay Cubs and Scouts.

A £35,000 investment package has breathed new life into a Whitley Bay scout headquarters.

Brand new fixtures and fittings have replaced tired kitchen units, old toilets and a lack of hot water to attract wider community use of the building in Links Road, Cullercoats.

And the fundraising drive was boosted by a £1,000 donation from Procter and Gamble’s Employees’ Charity Fund.

The 5th Whitley Bay (St George’s Scout Group) – with 85 cubs, beavers and scouts in its ranks – use their headquarters weekly and helped raise the funds for the refits by packing bags at supermarkets and gaining other charity backing.

Caroline Charlton, group scout leader, said: “This work has made the building far more modern; many of the fittings were about 50-years-old and we needed to modernise it.

“We’ve installed disabled access and a toilet for the disabled in an effort to encourage the wider community to use the building more.”

P&G employee and cubs leader Michelle Mobberley said: “Our cubs have all said how much more colourful and nice the building is now.”