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Kidderminster school helps vandalised Bewdley scout hut
A KIDDERMINSTER school has raised money to help a vandalised Bewdley scout hut which faces a £2,500 repair bill.
The Scout Hut, Park Alley, home to the First Bewdley Scouts, Beavers and Cubs was broken into between 9.30pm on Wednesday, March 14 and noon on Sunday, March 18 with offenders causing extensive damage inside and outside the building.
Repair costs and clean-up work will cost about £2,500 and groups and organisations around Wyre Forest, including The Knoll School in Manor Avenue which donated more than £100, have offered their support.
Assistant Scout leader Neil Hampton said: “We were happy about the donation. We feel more positive about the situation.
“The Scout community has been good to us and it has been a very pleasing reaction from local people.”
School headteacher Nigel Humphreys said the school had asked parents to make a contribution after performing school play Florence Nightingale.
He said: “It was very sad to hear such a worthy cause was treated in such a way.
“We support local associations and charities, especially ones associated with children. We are a small school but have a big heart.”
The Scouts received paint from B&Q, Kidderminster, to help redecorate the hut and Wribbenhall and Habberley offered their huts for use.
Beavers are meeting at Bewdley Baptist Church and Scouts have managed to make use of the hut again as their base.
“The carpet looks better since we had it properly cleaned,” added Mr Hampton. “It is not too bad inside now, we are still missing equipment though and we need to put a door back on the storage cupboard.”
Anyone with information which could help police investigating the incident should call 0300 333 3000, quoting crime number 459-S-180312, or call Crimestoppers independently on 0800 555111.