The Barker-Mill Foundation has donated £2,000 to the 4th Eling Sea Scouts’ fundraising efforts to install much-needed new storage areas for its growing activity base at Testwood Lakes in Totton near Southampton.
The group is a registered charity run solely by volunteers which conducts an active Scout programme with 130 youth members. As part of the Scout Association, its core objective is to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
The Aquativity Centre at Testwood Lakes is the group’s meeting space and is regularly used by other Scout groups, schools, and charities. Since the centre opened in 2013 the 4th Eling Sea Scouts have outgrown their existing storage areas and require more space.
Following their successful application to New Forest District Council to secure planning permission for the new facility, the group is now fundraising for an initial £15,000 to cover the external construction.
The donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation has kickstarted this effort and comes after previous support provided by the charity. Its previous donations to the 4th Eling Sea Scouts have totalled £52,000, most of which was towards the building of the Aquativity Centre.
Simon Barker, Trustee of the Barker-Mill Foundation, said: “The Foundation has a long association with the 4th Eling Sea Scouts and it’s fantastic to see how much they have grown to support so many young people in the Totton area.
“We’re pleased to continue our support and provide an initial donation towards their fundraising efforts for the new storage facility. We are very hopeful they will meet their target soon and construction can get underway.”
Peter Foster, Treasurer and Trustee for 4th Eling Sea Scouts, said: “To date we have raised just over £7,000 for this project and are now able to commence the groundworks that are due to be completed at the end of October.
“We’ll then be fundraising for the remaining amount and we’re planning a few fundraising activities including a Christmas hamper draw. We’re also planning to hold our annual Donkey Derby on May 21st next year at Eling Recreation Ground. We haven’t been able to run it due to the pandemic for the past two years, so we’re excited to be bringing this back for everyone to enjoy and to raise the final funds for the project.”
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