Rory Stewart MP on Friday presented a cheque for £750 to the 2nd Penrith Scouts Group on Folly Lane in Penrith, on a glorious Spring evening that saw around thirty Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gather in the sunshine to toast marshmallows, meet Rory, and chat about the important work the local scouting group does.

Group Leader Mike Freeman hosted the visit, with support from his team, and parents who gathered for the occasion. The donation was a result of a talk Rory had given in Westminster; in lieu of a speaking fee, a donation to the MP’s local scouting group was arranged.

Rory said: “The 2nd Penrith Scouts Group has an excellent team running it, and so many children who are benefiting from its focus on community spirit, teamwork, and enjoying the outdoors and making the most of our wonderful local landscape. It was an honour to be able to make this donation to them, to support the work they do in Penrith. I encourage any young people to give the Scouts a go – it is a brilliant way to create confidence, instil a sense of community, and teach life skills. It’s great that parents can get involved too. Thank you for a brilliant evening.”

Liam Byrne of the 2nd Penrith Scouts Group said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Rory for the donation which has been very timely indeed for the group. We have just finished some essential maintenance to the Hut, and also with the decision to open a new scout troop to accommodate so many new members. So these funds will go a long way to towards much-needed new resources, such as tents ad camping kit to enhance the overall experience of young people involved with our group.”

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Picture attached: Rory Stewart with the team at the 2nd Penrith Scouts Group Hut on Folly Lane in Penrith.
(Images courtesy Karen Barbier –  )
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