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Beavers get a seaside trip thanks to power company

A group of Ipswich Beavers had the time of their lives in Southend, thanks to a cash windfall.

From Press releases - 7 July 2014 12:00 AM

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A group of Ipswich Beavers had the time of their lives in Southend, thanks to a cash windfall.

The 31st Ipswich Scout Group, based in Foxhall Road in the town, was given a £250 grant from UK Power Networks as part of its Team Sport Awards, which was put towards taking a group of youngsters to the seaside on Saturday (June 28).

The Sea Life Centre and visiting the lifeboat were all on the list of things to do for the youngsters on their big day out.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the overhead power lines, underground cables and substations which deliver electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East and has a base on Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.

Its Team Sport Awards are offered to staff who work with amateur sports clubs or community groups. Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.

Louise Hetherington, business support administrator at the Fore Hamlet office, applied for the grant as her nephew and niece attend the group.

She said: “It’s a really great group and they really enjoy it. They were so pleased to get the cheque as it will be a real help.

“UK Power Networks helped out last year as we did some volunteer work to paint the Scout hut and tidy up the garden and we’re also going back there to help out again on Friday (July 4).”

Steven Milton, committee member and fund-raiser for the Scout group, said: “We are always trying to find different ways to raise money so it is great what UK Power Networks does for us.

“We try to charge only the minimum amount for the kids so that everyone has a chance to get involved so we do rely heavily on outside help.

“We are one of the biggest groups in the area and have about 150 children. They had a great day out – the only thing they didn’t get to do was crazy golf and that was because of the rain.”