MORE than 140 youngsters from the 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group will have new tents and equipment after receiving a donation from Lloyds Banking Group as part of its Community Fund.

The Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund has given grants to 132 organisations, which are working locally to inspire and support young people. The Community Fund was launched by Lloyds Banking Group to support its partnership of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays and staff were asked to nominate local organisations which were then shortlisted for public voting. Of the 1,500 nominated charities, two worthy organisations from each of the 66 communities across the British Isles have been awarded £5,000 – a total £660,000. The 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group, Brighter Futures and Autism Jersey were the three Jersey charities shortlisted in the Weymouth region alongside the WOW Youth Musical Theatre.

Group Scout leader Hayley Dewar said to be one of two winners from the whole Weymouth region was fantastic. ‘Our numbers have grown, and continue to do so, which is putting pressure on the tents and equipment that we have. Since 2011, we have seen a 21% increase and now have 142 youngsters between the ages of six and 14 taking part in the weekly meetings. We want to ensure that we have enough equipment to enable them to take part in the wide variety of activities that we do each year,’ she said.

Money from the Lloyds Banking Group Community will also be used to subsidise trips away from Jersey. ‘This year we have taken a group of 61 Beavers and adult supporters to Legoland for the day, 43 Cubs and Scouts went to a PGL activity centre in Dorset and next year we plan to go to London and France. Many of our youngsters don’t have the opportunity to travel away from the island and so we use these trips to develop their skills, including teaching them how to look after themselves when they are away and give them the extra responsibility,’ said Mrs Dewar.

She added that the donation does not mean the group, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2014, no longer has to fundraise. ‘This generous donation from Lloyds takes the pressure off, but doesn’t mean we don’t need to fundraise. We are keen believers that fundraising activities not only help us raise money but also bring together the young people and their families in addition to raising our profile in the community,’ she said.

Lloyds TSB Offshore business development manager Jason Lewis said the 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group was a worthy winner for its dedication to young people in the island.

‘Becoming the best bank for customers means being the best bank for our communities. The group has 30 million customers and has a clear role to play in society helping communities thrive,’ he said ‘The Community Fund highlights the group’s ongoing commitment to the communities we serve and doing more to help the British Isles prosper. We are proud to be able to help the 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group continue the great work they are doing in Jersey and we look forward to seeing the difference the award will make.’