Big names back Scout hall appeal
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.