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Scouting for Christmas Trees in Hazel Grove

Our lovely volunteers from 3rd Hazel Grove Scout Group share why they chose to get involved with Just Helping and how their participation has helped 100’s of young people learn the value of charity and giving back to their local community.

3rd Hazel Grove Scout Group have been working with us at Just Helping for the last four, fabulous, years. Every year they take on the vitally important job of leafleting in the local community, trying to encourage as many people as possible to allow us to collect their unwanted Christmas Trees in return for a donation to one of their local hospices.

It is a mammoth task! The young people cover an area of over 6,000 houses, nearly the entire Hazel Grove area, and do the deliveries come rain or shine. The leafleting takes place between Christmas and New Year, and the Scouts are joined by their families as they take on this task.  All sections are involved from the youngest section, Beaver Scouts right through to Leaders and supporters with youth members from the ages of 6-18 taking on the leafleting challenge.

Last year, as a thank you for their ongoing dedication and support to our charity, we allocated them £350 which they decided to donate to St Ann’s Hospice in memory of their Scout Leader and Quartermaster, Robert Gibson, who had sadly passed away in the hospice earlier that year.

3rd Hazel Grove Group Scout Leader, Angela Massey said: “So many members of our Scouting family have been in the unfortunate position of knowing our local hospices well, including St Ann’s, and we know the amazing work they do there. By getting involved and volunteering our time to leaflet for Just Helping, we are giving back to the community and helping people who really need it.

“We want to equip our young people from 3rd Hazel Grove Scouts with all the skills they’ll need in life to become valuable members of society, and giving back is a large part of that, as well as being environmentally responsible and aware. By taking part in the leafleting our young people contribute towards their Community Impact and Teamwork badges, vital skills they will need as they enter adulthood.

“I would definitely encourage other Scout groups to get involved with Just Helping. They provide an excellent service and so many people are helped and supported by the money they raise.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Just Helping, please get in touch.