Lottery winners help to save scout centre

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A LOTTERY set up to save Phasels Wood scouting centre has produced 20 winners from Hemel Hempstead in less than a year.

Two £1,000 jackpots have been handed to people from the town and latest winner Angela Price said the cash would come in handy for a trip to Australia.

The lottery was set up last year to raise cash to buy the long-established centre near Kings Langley, which was in danger of being sold off.

Herts Scouts have now bought the land from the national Scout Association, along with another centre in Cuffley, but need to pay off the £1 million mortgage and raise money to invest in the sites.

Appeal director Roger Sands said: “They are a huge community resource.

“Both centres offer many different challenging activities and programmes to suit a wide range of ages and abilities.”

Hemel Hempstead Scouts say data from their latest census shows another increase in numbers.

District commissioner Stuart Dickens said: “We are still receiving enquiries from parents whose children would like to join, and adults offering assistance.

“We still have room for more.”

If you are interested in joining the scouting movement contact 0844 414 2318.

The lottery offers a jackpot prize every week plus six smaller prizes.

It is open to all with entry costing £1.

Forms are available from any scout group or by emailing, visiting or calling 01442 261546.