WIRRAL Scouts raised £22,500 for charity through their latest Christmas Post – taking the money raised over the years to half a million pounds.
Proceeds from December’s Scout Post was divided between local good causes at a presentation on Tuesday.
The money is raised by selling special stamps to the public to use on their Christmas cards to Wirral-based family and friends.
The cards are then franked and sorted within a main sorting centre in each area before Scouts and Guides – with the help of leaders, parents and friends – deliver the cards during the fortnight before Christmas.
The first Wirral Scout Post in 1982 raised £640 but the numbers of cards sent through the service has increased every year.
Wirral charity post organiser Richard Twemlow said: “This is what Scouting is all about – empowering our young people to play a positive and valued role in our community.
“Reaching the £500,000 milestone is great achievement.”
Wirral Scouts have used money from the Scout Post to help more than 200 local charities ranging from the Wirral Austistic Society to the Zipper Club for cardiac patients.
Jim O’Neil from Wirral Loves Fairtrade, one of the charities that benefited from the Scout Post this year, said: “It’s fantastic to see young people from our community contribute so much to local charities and the money received will help us greatly.”
Wirral has a long-standing affiliation to the Scouts – Arrowe Park was the location for one of the biggest World Scout Jamborees in 1929.
In 1906 founder Lord Baden-Powell gave a rousing address to the boys of Birkenhead, where he spoke of his desire to “give order and purpose to young lives”.
Two years later in 1908, Britain's first Scout group was formed and inaugurated by Lord Baden-Powell in Birkenhead.
Chris Hughes, a Scout Leader from West Kirby, said “Helping young people to achieve new things is exactly why I volunteer with the Scouts.
“Wirral’s Scout and Guide Charity Post is a great example of modern day Scouting in action.”