Badgers get £500 donation
Wearing their new uniforms with pride,
Bishops Waltham Badgers celebrate becoming the latest children’s
group in Hampshire for the first aid charity St John Ambulance.
Goal is Super Badger
The group, for children aged from five to 10
years, was launched in September and has just been given a £500
donation from the Rotary Club of Bishops Waltham.
If anyone enjoys working with young people we would love to hear from them.
Leader, Bishops Waltham
The generous gift has bought supplies of
toys, equipment and art materials for the youngsters to enjoy at
their weekly meetings.
Christopher Addoo, Leader of the Bishops
Waltham group, said: ‘I would like to thank Rotary for their kind
donation. We are a very new group and this has allowed us to
buy a really fantastic selection of toys, pens and crafts.’
Rotary President John Edwards added: ‘Our
philosophy, especially in these stretched times, is to put money
back into the local community.’
The new Badger sett has 14 members who meet
every Tuesday at the St John Ambulance hall in Little Shore Lane,
Like other groups, the boys and girls learn
a range of topics and earn badges when they complete each subject
area. Their goal is the Super Badger award, which is
presented when they have achieved 12 badges.
Pat Morris, Commander of St John Ambulance,
Hampshire, presented certificates to the youngsters who had all
passed their ‘Welcome’ Badger award.
She said: ‘I joined St John when I was 11
because I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I hope these children
enjoy it as much as I have. I think they all look wonderful
in their new uniforms.’
St John Ambulance is now keen to set up a
Cadet group in Bishops Waltham for the 11 to16-year-old age group
and is looking for volunteers.
Mr Addoo said: ‘If anyone enjoys working
with young people we would love to hear from them. We know
young people want to join – we just need more youth leaders so we
can get the group off the ground.’ St John Ambulance provides
training and support for its youth leaders, who are subject to CRB