Milton Keynes Scouts are delighted to have been able to help and support an incredibly special charity in the town. This charity has touched the hearts of many of their members and families, it is great that one charity can help another.

Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes are renowned for the work that they do not just for their patients but also their families. On average the hospice needs £9 per minute to continue to offer the outstanding care that they give daily.

The members of MK Scouts have managed to raise £2,314.49 by collecting unwanted foreign currency. The inspiration behind the idea is Chris (Broughton Scout Group) when he returned from holiday and realised that he had lots of currency left that could not be exchanged back. Knowing that he was not going to be the only one that has a pot of unused currency, he contacted Willen Hospice.

Each group in MK were provided a collection bucket and they received fantastic contributions. The buckets were then collected, and currency was sorted by some of the Explorer Scouts in the district. After this was all counted and consolidated Bailey Roofing in MK agreed to match fund the amount raised. This has increased the total amount donated to £4,628.98.

Chris Underwood (Broughton Scouts) said: After having a personal experience with the hospice I was keen to help and support them. My own currency stocks seemed to grow and grow, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in the district and their families for their generosity. This money will make a massive difference to the hospice and will help them to continue the care that they offer. I would also like to say a huge thanks to Bailey Roofing in MK for their truly kind offer to match fund the amount.

On Saturday 24th October Willen Hospice ambassador and Cllr Keith McLean attended the Quarries Scout Campsite for the cheque presentation.