A SCOUT group in Dursley has benefitted from being a local supermarket's charity of the year.

1st Dursley Scout Group has been Sainsbury’s chosen group for the last 12 months and has helped them raise £1,400 through donation buckets, competitions and fundraising at the store.

The troop have been active in the area; selling poppies for Remembrance Day and taking part in the parade themselves as well as taking time to collect for the food bank.

They have also visited the Hollies and Henlow Court care centres to sing to the elderly residents living there.

The group currently has just under 70 young people taking part in a whole range of activities, with 13 adult leaders and eight young leaders.

Scout leader Maggie Sweeting wanted to thank Sainsbury’s for selecting the scouts as their charity partner and the supermarket’s co-ordinator Nikova Davies.

“Thank you again to the people of Dursley and surrounding area for your continued support,” she said.

“We are a thriving Scout Group-in existence since 1908, just a year after Lord Baden Powell held the very first camp on Brownsea Island."

There is a waiting list of young people waiting to join and the troop is on the lookout for more volunteers to help.

Volunteers for both scout and beaver sections does not have to be a regular weekly commitment and training on a module basis is available.

For further information, email group scout leader Mark Morton at gsl@1stdursleyscoutgroup.org.uk