Festive fun for scouts

NILALM111203B1 Christmas collection: Sam Davis, nine and Ben Shipman, ten help sort over 200 Christmas boxes that have been collected as part of Operation Christmas Child.

NILALM111203B1 Christmas collection: Sam Davis, nine and Ben Shipman, ten help sort over 200 Christmas boxes that have been collected as part of Operation Christmas Child.

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SCOUTS in Ilkeston had a busy weekend fundraising and preparing for Christmas at a festive fair and helped out with packing for Operation Christmas Child.

More than 200 boxes packed with goodies have been donated to Samaritan’s Purse, a charity which sends the parcels to children in poorer countries in time for Christmas.

NILALM111203A4 Cracking day: Assistant cub leader Annette Shipman with Jamie Beecroft, nine and Nathan Beecroft 12 at the 2nd Ilkeston scouts christmas fair.

NILALM111203A4 Cracking day: Assistant cub leader Annette Shipman with Jamie Beecroft, nine and Nathan Beecroft 12 at the 2nd Ilkeston scouts christmas fair.

Scouts from Ilkeston 2nd Scouts were on hand to help prepare the boxes for their trip.

Stalls and refreshments at a Christmas fair hosted by the group helped to raise £400 to be split between local charities including Quackers and new equipment for the group.