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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Cumbrian Scout aims to raise £3,600 to fund trip to Japan jamboree

A young Scout is hoping to travel to Japan to join thousands of others – as long as he hits his fundraising target.

Jack Grierson photo
Jack Grierson

Jack Grierson, a member of the 1st Workington St Johns Scouts, has secured a place at the quadrennial World Scout Jamboree next year.

He needs to raise £3,600 to fund the 12,000-mile memorable trip and, thanks to a generous donation from Sellafield Ltd, is well on his way.

The nuclear giant has handed £1,000 to the 13-year-old as a direct result of the safety achievements of their employees on site.

Marking 2.5 million man hours worked safely without a Lost Time Accident, employees from the Plutonium Management Facilities operating unit have made the donation to what they have described as a very worthy cause.

Once in Japan, Jack will join 3,500 Scouts from across the globe to take part in the jam-packed agenda, including travelling to Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities hit by US atomic bombs during the final stages of World War Two in 1945.

Sellafield employees chose to part-fund Jack’s trip as they said they understood how important the Scouts were to the local area.

Stuart Latham, who works at Sellafield and is the Scout sectional assistant, said: “It is really satisfying to see safety performance contributing towards making the dreams of one of the next generation of leaders in west Cumbria come true. I know that Jack will be a credit to 1st Workington St Johns Scouts when representing west Cumbria at the jamboree.”

Jack said: “I would like to thank the employees at Sellafield Ltd, this £1,000 has really kick-started my fundraising and will help massively in getting me to my target.”

Jack has a lot of work to do to raise the target of £3,600 and already has a number of fundraising activities planned.

Anyone who can help should contact scouts@1stworkington.co.uk.

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