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April 2016

Keynsham Scouts have launched a £25,000 appeal to replace the ageing floor at well-used HQ. Here, the group tells Keynshamvoice readers about the major fundraising drive and how they can support it.

The Keynsham Scout HQ located in the centre of Keynsham is very much a building that is essential to our community. More than 300 young people pass through the doors weekly to take part in Scouting activities.

It is also the place which plays host to events such as the Explorers Plant Sale, the Keynsham Food Festival, the Keynsham in Bloom awards ceremony, Keynsham Town Council’s Community Networking Event, short mat bowls, many birthday parties for young children and fundraising events for other local groups such as Dial a Ride, Keynsham Hockey, Keynsham Guides, Mencap – the list is, in fact, endless.

The existing floor of 21 years needs to be renewed for the benefit of generations to come having been beaten into submission by the thousands of feet that have pounded it over the years. It has become very thin, splinters easily and is rapidly approaching the end of its life – only weekly maintenance by volunteers is keeping it in use.

Our aim is to replace it with a hardwood oak floor that will last past the lifetime of our youngest member.

The cost is estimated to be between £22,000 and £25,000, with the final cost dictated by the date we can start the replacement.

Today we launch our appeal, Under The Feet of Giants, to raise the money for this special project so that our normal Scouting activities are unaffected. A huge ask on top of our normal fundraising that covers day-to-day Scouting costs.

We are seeking help and support to make this a facility that can serve the community for many years to come. We are delighted that a small team of parents have offered to head up and lead the floor appeal.

They also need support and assistance from any people who would like to throw themselves into this challenge. You may have a fundraising idea, you may know someone who could help, or you may simply wish to support one of the appeal events.

Charity Golf Day
This event will be taking place on Friday, June 10, at Saltford Golf Club – could you enter a team?

Businesses
We have a range of opportunities for corporate sponsorship over the next few months, from corporate partnerships to providing raffle prizes. If you are a local business or work for one, we’ll be in contact to ask for your support. Opportunities exist for corporate partners, sponsorship, advertising and more. You’ll get great profile and know that your money is going to an excellent cause.

Parents and friends
Could you run an event, join the team or simply support the initiatives such as “Buy a Plank” when they appear?

Donations
Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoney giving.com/charities/ 1stkeynshamscouts or via Bacs to sort code 601211 acc 26675757 or post to 24 Limekilns, Keynsham BS31 1HR. The donation can be any amount. If you are an individual and pay income tax you can gift aid your donation and by doing this HMRC will add 25 per cent to your donation.

Spread the word
Perhaps you could also spread the word via Facebook, Twitter etc or visit our website at www.1stkeynshamscouts.org.uk for up-to-date news on how you can help our Giants for the future.
Want to know more? Contact us on giants@ 1stkeynshamscouts.org.uk

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