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Sea Scouts paddle to success

A new canoe is on the cards after the 4th Gillingham Sea Scouts was awarded a £250 grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 9 November 2016 12:00 AM

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A new canoe is on the cards after the 4th Gillingham Sea Scouts was awarded a £250 grant from UK Power Networks.

Paul Austin, an expert engineer at the electricity company is an activities instructor with the Gillingham Sea Scouts and nominated the group for the power company’s Team Sport Award Scheme, which helps to promote healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Paul said: “The Gillingham Sea Scouts has an active programme of water activities, however the equipment they have is extremely worn out and to continue delivering these activities the group needs to invest in new canoes and dinghies.

“They have started a campaign to raise money to buy the new equipment, and the Royal Navy has agreed to match any funds raised. I thought it would be great to apply for the award scheme and I am so pleased I did. This grant, along with the Royal Navy’s donation will go a long way to purchasing a new canoe, which will be enjoyed by all the Scouts, who I know are extremely grateful.”

He added: “UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award Scheme is a fantastic way to support local groups. I have previously received the grant on behalf of the Kent County Scouts, which also went towards supporting water activities.”

The 4th Gillingham Sea Scouts cater for young people from six years old, with a watersports base on the Strand at Gillingham and a hall at Rainham. The group is very active with two Beaver Scout sections, two Cub sections and Scouts along with a newly formed Explorer Scout group. It has an active programme of water activities including kayaking and sailing, power boating and the occasional raft race.

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies across the South East including Kent, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. 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.