Early Christmas for Fraserburgh Scouts

The Fraserburgh Scouts were delighted with their �2,000 grant.
The Fraserburgh Scouts were delighted with their �2,000 grant.

The 1st Fraserburgh Scout group has received quite the Christmas gift - a £2,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Jim Kirkwood, who has led the group for over 20 years, said he was “absolutely delighted” with the news, which was officially announced on December 9.

He said: “This money will really make a difference for us. It will be put towards a new dining shelter, kitchen tent and burners which will be well used on our camping trips.

“It will also allow the children to take part in sailing, biking, abseiling and other sporting activities.”

Fraserburgh Scout group is one of 4,180 community groups in Scotland who have received grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities Programme.

The programme was launched with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Commenting on the award, Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast said: “With only weeks to go until Christmas this is the perfect present, and it will allow even more young people to enjoy Scout expeditions throughout the year.

“I congratulate the Scouts on their success and commend the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities Programme on recognising the good work that will now be done with this money.”