GENEROUS Scouts have come to the rescue of a Kiddermin-ster centre appealing for Christmas presents for children with developmental problems.

In The Shuttle last week, staff and volunteers at Tree Tops Children's Centre, on the Birchen Coppice Primary School site, appealed to the Wyre Forest community out of fear that some of the children would lose out this year.

Members of the centre’s Woodbury team explained that their usual donors of presents, such as Hagley Wives and the Monday Night Group, had backed out.

Julia Parker, assistant community health worker, said the response from the Wyre Forest community had been “amazing”, including £200 from the Cookley Scout Group.

She explained that surplus presents would be donated to children attending their family drop-in, while extra cash donations would pay for a trip for the children next year.

She said: “The children are really excited at the moment. There is a real buzz going around. It has really given them that feelgood factor. The smiles on their faces are just priceless.”

“We would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made a donation. The children will be sending everyone thank you cards.”

Members of the Cookley Scout Group saw the appeal on The Shuttle website and decided to help.

David Wainwright, 17, a young leader, said the money had been raised by activities such as bag packing and marshalling at local events.

He added that the events involved the whole group of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and young leaders, making up about 60 youngsters in total.

He explained: “We do a community project every year, when we support a local cause. It is about young people putting something back.”