By Lotte Pegler
Sea Scouts have broken fundraising records as this years’ bonfire event raised more than double last years.
The group of scouts from Aldwick and Pagham set a new benchmark for their bonfire night fundraiser this year. They raised £3,000, a 55 per cent increase on last year’s takings.
This money was all thanks to the huge support from the locals who attended their annual firework display.
The event was supported by the Secure Communities Scheme, with an award of £500 plus a set of security products to help protect the hut when it is completed in September 2020.
A spokesman for the scouts, Paul Goodland, said: “This year we attracted a record number of supporters to the firework display, which helped us exceed our target and reach £3,000. This was a fitting way to say goodbye to our old scout hut as we expect to hold next year’s display at our new base, which is scheduled for completion in May.
“I would recommend the Secure Communities Scheme to anyone organising a local fundraiser or involved in a local community project. It offered more than just cash and security products, we also got support from the Burg – Wächter team in promoting the show.
“I am sure the publicity helped attract more people to the event which in turn helped increase our takings.”
More application are now being sought for The Secure Communities Scheme, from Sussex based community projects. Any local initiative that is run by or supports the local community, can apply.
The scheme is set up to support grassroots activities where an award of up to £1,000 might make a significant difference.