Archive for February, 2016
1st Grange & Cartmel Scout Group has 125 youngsters aged between 6 and 14 together with a small unit of Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18. They have 20 leaders working with the young people and around the same again who help look after all the equipment, maintenance of the scout base, trustees and fund raisers. The focus for the Scout group over the past year has been to make sure their programmes are exciting, adventurous and accessible financially to all. They need to continually invest in equipment as their numbers grow as they are currently the 2nd largest Scout Group in Cumbria.
The Scout group take part in many activities such as sailing trips, youth hostelling, water activities at Bassenthwaite to name a few as well as a lot of fund raising.
Scouting places great store on helping young people become self-reliant. Food is frequently a key part of their activities. Pancake day this year had a very real demonstration that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers can cook (when properly motivated!).
Thanks to the kind generosity of the Cumbrian Cracker participants, your donations at the Scout food stop added up to a grand total of £540. To thank all the riders for digging deep, Epic Kidz have matched the riders donation of £540 and brought to total amount raised to £1080.
Ross Cullen is the latest youngster to receive funding from the Dave Hitchen Fund. Ross is 14 years old and is an Apprentice on the British Cycling BMX Performance Pathway Program. He has been racing BMX for 8 years and is a member of the locally based Preston Pirates.
Impressively Ross is already the 2015 UCI BMX World Champion, British Champion and is also ranked number 1 in Europe for his age category.
Ross is aiming to go to Columbia this year to defend his World Title as well as to compete in a full Euorpean and British race season.
It is the second time that Ross has won the UCI World Championships. He won it in 2012 but had to miss out on defending his title in 2013 as the race was held in New Zeland.
Since the tender age of 12 Ross has been making waves and getting noticed. He was selected for the British Cycling Program at 12 and has been an Apprentice for 3 years where he hopes to progress onto the Junior Academy when he turns 15 this year.
His dream and goal is to eventually race and represent his country at Elite level at the Olympic Games in 2020 or 2024 so watch this space as we could have a future star in our midst.
The Dave Hitchen Fund has given Ross £721 which will pay for his flights to get him to Columbia so that he can defend his title.
You can check out Ross and his BMX skills at the 2015 World Championship Final here :