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Shopkeeper's donation will maintain hall of 1st Elstree Scouts in Borehamwood
A scout group will be able to prevent their hall crumbling around its ears thanks to a donation from a local shopkeeper.
Raj Raichura, who owns Nisa local in Manor Way, donated £300 to 1st Elstree Scouts to help them maintain Everett Lodge in Arundel Drive in Borehamwood.
The hall, which was built in 1968, currently houses around 65 Cubs, Scouts and Beavers, as well as Guides and Brownies and a martial arts group, meaning it is used by more than 100 people per week.
However, the hall is in desperate need of repair and redecoration, with holes in ceiling tiles and uneven paths.
Cub leader Ethel Cox, who approached Mr Raicura to ask for the donation, said: “We’re very pleased indeed to receive this money.
“It will go some way to allowing us to maintain the hall. We’re a charity so rely very much on the good will of others.
“The most important thing is the children and we want to keep the hall safe for them so they can continue to use it.”
Mr Raichura, who visited the scout hut to find out what goes on there, was pleased and proud to be able to help.
He said: “Each store raises money through selling products for a charity pot which we can give to a local good cause of our choice.
“Mrs Cox had been a customer for years and I feel this is the best charity for the money to go to, as it works hard to bring about change for children.
“I’m hoping to make this donation a regular thing.”
The unit is one of the oldest in the world, being set up in 1908 by Sir Percy Everett, who was instrumental in the founding of the scouting movement.
The hall was opened by his daughter Geraldine Winn Everett, who was a well known physician in Elstree.
Group Scout Leader Paul Norman said: “The donation will be a great help in allowing us to continue into the future.
“Scouting is an excellent way of helping boys and girls do activities they wouldn’t normally be able to do and enabling to build the confidence and team working skills that enable them to grow up into valuable members of society.”
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