Big names back Scout hall ap­peal

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A CARDIFF Scout hall has re­ceived celebrity back­ing in a bid to raise £100,000 through crowd­fund­ing to save the build­ing.

Sec­ond Llandaff Scouts, who meet at the Methodist/URC Christchurch in Llandaff North, need to raise £250,000 to buy their home of 40 years.

Af­ter rais­ing £150,000 in 12 months, Welsh rugby leg­end Sir Gareth Ed­wards and BBC Ra­dio 1 pre­sen­ter Huw Stephens have backed the group’s crowd­fun­der, aim­ing to raise a fur­ther £100,000 to buy the premises.

Scout leader Ab­bie Gib­bins, 37, from Llandaff, said: “Huw is a friend of one of the sup­port­ers, and through var­i­ous con­nec­tions we got Gareth on board.

“Gareth was in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive – they both were re­ally sup­port­ive.

“The Scout hall is a big part of the com­mu­nity.

“We have 130 chil­dren in our group, which is the sec­ond largest in the dis­trict and we have the most di­verse group too.

“The in­te­gra­tion they get is great, it doesn’t mat­ter what back­ground they come from.”

At time of writ­ing, the crowd­fun­der has raised more than £3,710 from 37 back­ers and they have 27 days left to raise the full amount.

In their crowd­fund­ing video, Gareth Ed­wards says: “What I want you to know is how hard my friends at the Sec­ond Llandaff Scouts are work­ing to save their scout hall.

“Scout­ing of­fers life chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple and we need this group to sur­vive.

“I know how much the Scouts con­trib­uted to my two sons and how im­por­tant it is to them.

“Let’s join the cam­paign. This vi­tally im­por­tant.”

The church which owns the site on Belle­vue Cres­cent is sell­ing off the land, and the Scouts must raise the funds to buy the plot or find other premises.

Ab­bie, who was the first ever girl is Scout in Wales, said that find­ing a new home would be dif­fi­cult.

Ab­bie said: “Look­ing at al­ter­na­tive venues we have not found any­thing that is suit­able in the lo­cal area.

“I re­ally don’t know what would hap­pen if we had to leave.”

Found in 1908, the group had hoped to re­ceive lot­tery fund­ing last year to re­main at their cur­rent venue, but their ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected.

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