Scouts lead the way to fund vital water

NEAABE110920h1, Greasley scouts cycle to trent lock for there gold award badge and to raise money for wateraid. Russ Purdy asst scout leader, Josh Housley, Niran Prajapati and Jack Stratton.

NEAABE110920h1, Greasley scouts cycle to trent lock for there gold award badge and to raise money for wateraid. Russ Purdy asst scout leader, Josh Housley, Niran Prajapati and Jack Stratton.

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THREE Scouts are biking 30 miles as a final challenge to achieve their gold award.

The boys are cycling from Eastwood to Trent Lock and back to raise money for Water Aid as part of their gold award – the highest achievement in scouting.

Josh Housley said camping overnight and cooking for themselves would be their biggest challenge.

“The biggest challenge is being left to our own devices because no leaders are going to be there,” he said.

“The other two don’t do as much biking as me either so I think it will be a challenge getting them motivated as well!,” he added.

Josh, 14, said the trio decided on Water Aid as a charity because it raised money for something they considered a basic human right.

“It’s quite poor that other countries don’t get fresh water out of the tap like us,” Josh said. “Every human being should be entitled to that basic right.”

Josh is doing the gold award challenge with pals Niran Prajapati and Jack Stratton and they are looking to raise as much cash as possible in order to help Water Aid build as many of its £31 wells as it can.

He has been writing to companies asking for donations and Niran and Jack have been walking door-to-door with sponsor forms.

“We are not pushing the community,” Josh said.

“People can donate 1p or £20. It’s up to them.”

The trio have all been in the 1st Greasley Scouts group for just over four years.

As part of the gold award, the boys have already done sports challenges and helped out in the community.

Josh said he and his friends next plan to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“We will go for it to be honest,” he said.

“It’s something open to us and something that can go on our CVs. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for it yet, I just want to get this one out of the way first!”