Sea scouts in Warwick bring cheer to Royal British Legion care home residents this Easter
In the past, Scouts visited residents to write Christmas cards; but last year, due to Covid-19, they sent Easter and Christmas cards instead
Members of the sea scouts in Warwick have helped bring cheer to residents at a care home in Southam.
The 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts is proud to have Royal Navy recognition, and also support the local Royal British Legion, having close links with Galanos House, which is a Royal British Legion Care Home.
In the past, Scouts visited residents to write Christmas cards; but last year, due to Covid-19, they sent Easter and Christmas cards instead.
This year, Thomas, one of the Beavers, came up with his own idea for Easter.
Thomas encouraged Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and neighbours to decorate plant pots, he then filled them with compost and an iris bulb, and had enough to give one to each resident at Galanos house.
Thomas said: "I wanted to do something to help the elderly, so I asked people to help by decorating a pot.
"I then planted a bulb in each one, with a bit of help from grandad, and went to drop them off with a ‘Happy Easter’ message."
Thomas’s family have a long history with 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts, with his grandad, Neil Pitchford, having been involved with the group for many years as a leader.
Neil was instrumental in shaping ideas for their new HQ, when he first began the drive for a new hut for the group over 10 years ago when he was Group Scout Leader.
Neil Pitchford, who is an assistant scout leader, said: "It is amazing to see the new hut about to be completed.
"It’s great that the future of the group will now be secure and that my grandson, Thomas, a Beaver in the group, will have a new hut to see him grow through the group, so he can also benefit from the opportunities that my children have had at 2nd Warwick."
The Sea Scouts are also running an online raffle over Easter to help them finish their new HQ.
Janette Eslick, fundraiser for the 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts, said: "We’ve just had four tickets to Pub in the Park added to our online raffle, to go along with a horse archery lesson at Knights of Middle England and vouchers for meals, local shops, days-out or other activities.
"Buy a ticket for £1 before April 12 from www.2wk.org.uk"