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Cardiff & Vale Scouts Set Up Donation Page As Alternative To Scout Post

 

The Cardiff and Vale Scout Council has set up an online fundraising page asking supporters to consider donating to them as they are unable to go ahead with the regular Scout Post project.

The Scout Post is an annual scheme that offers the public of Cardiff and the majority of the Vale of Glamorgan, an opportunity to send Christmas Cards at a fraction of the cost of other postal services. The project, which has been in operation for over 35 concurrent years and was originated by a group in Roath, has had to be cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement explaining why this year's iteration of the project will not go ahead, the organisers said:

"It is with regret that we have had to make the decision to postpone Scout Post 2020. Owing to Covid-19 and the restrictions it can impose, we have concerns for our Scout Groups and volunteers being able to sort and deliver in a safe environment.

"Have no fear we are making plans for 2021 and thank you for your support and understanding."

The inability to continue the regular project has left a huge fundraising hole for the Scouts, with the Cardiff and Vale group usually delivering around 500,000 cards during the duration of the popular scheme, raising in the region of £150,000 for Scouting in Cardiff and Vale.

Donations have already come in for the group, with the TotalGiving page total standing at £416 (at the time of writing) and generous supporters leaving messages of goodwill alongside the funds.

Nationally, the pandemic has left over 500 Scouting groups at risk of closure, according to the Scout Association, with more facing a "bleak" future.

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Commenting on the news, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has said that Scouting is needed now more than ever:

"As Scouts we always support each other and in today's tough climate, where we all need inspiration and community, we are taking part all together in our Race Round the World.

"Scouting plays a fundamental role in the lives of thousands of young people, giving them skills and hope for the future.

"That is now more vital than ever. I am so proud of those doing their mile in support of those hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic."

You can find the TotalGiving page for the Scouts fundraiser here.

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