Local scouts from one of the longest established groups in the country have been sailing brand new boats and canoes for the first time – thanks to a £1,000 gift.
First Luton Sea Scouts received the donation from Amazon’s Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre to buy new equipment.
Amazon’s Hemel general manager, Henry Low – who spent 15 years in the Navy before joining the company – said: “As a former naval officer, I know first-hand the benefits of handling and seamanship and how it can help build team work in young people.” He added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to support 1st Luton Sea Scouts and hope the new boats serve the Scouts well for years to come.”
First Luton Sea Scouts leader Phil Jeffrey said: “This kind donation was welcome by us all and the Scouts are over the moon with the new boats.”
> The group was formed in 1909 and has been Admiralty-recognised since 1941. The Royal Navy inspects troops every year to ensure they meet its high standards and only the top 101 receive this accolade.
The main aims of the 1st Luton Sea Scouts are for members to have fun while learning and developing new skills, interests and good citizenship.