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Funding boost for crime-affected Bushey guides

Last Modified February 09, 2017

Two Bushey voluntary organisations will benefit from around £1700 in funding thanks to local councillors.
The 4th Bushey Guides have been awarded £1350 to replace stolen camping equipment, including three new tents. Hertsmere Borough Councillors Pervez Choudhury, Linda Silver, Anne Swerling and Kashif Merchant gave money from the council’s Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme (WIIS) to help the guide group, who were the victims of thieves two weeks before a camping trip last summer.
Offenders broke into a padlocked garage where the equipment was being stored and made off with mallets, pegs and tents, some of which were new and had never been used. The guide unit is the only one in Bushey to offer camping as part of their annual programme and the robbery was a serious blow for members.
Councillor Silver said: “I was really keen to help the 4th Bushey Guides after their terrible experience last summer. 
“The guides’ camping trip is an important opportunity for girls and leaders to enjoy the great outdoors in a fun, informative and safe way. 
“Not only do they get to try activities some would never have the chance to, but it is a wonderful way for them to make friends and really build their confidence and independence.”
Meanwhile, The Red Trust Bushey has been given £360 by Councillor Carey Keates through WIIS, for equipment for the weekly food bank in St James Church. The food bank benefits families in need of emergency relief in the Little Reddings area of town. The money will go towards tablecloths, extra strong carrier bags, boxes, leaflets and petrol to enable volunteers to pick up and distribute goods.
Councillor Keates said: “This is a worthwhile initiative aimed at providing emergency supplies for those in real need.
“This project has up until now received no financial help, thanks to the generous support of the church and local people, giving food, their time and the space for free.
“This money will go towards essential equipment needed to help this scheme continue.”
Through WIIS, each of Hertsmere’s 39 councillors receive £500 to spend on local projects throughout the year.
To apply to Hertsmere’s WIIS, contact your local borough councillor or call 020 8207 7801.

Posted on Thursday 9th February 2017

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