Push to reach £25,000

Beavers, cubs and scouts in Hillside are appealing to the local community to back their bid to provide new premises in the village.

The 1st Hillside Scout Group’s 50-year-old hut is rapidly becoming dilapidated and the group’s leaders fear that it will not last the year. The youngsters, leaders and parents have been fund-raising continually for around two years but a further £25,000 is needed before they can replace the current run-down facilities with a brand new, purpose-built hut that would be available for community use.

Sharon Fraser, Beaver leader, said its problems include leaks in the roof and it is almost impossible to heat.

She said: “It’s falling to bits and there are holes in it. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s still there. At the moment, we’re looking to replace it with similar facilities and have been fund-raising on and off for the last couple of years.”

A new 25-year lease has been negotiated with the trustees of the land on which it stands, within the village park, and Sharon said members are making the final push to reach their total. They hope work on the new building can begin later this year.

Sharon added: “We were lucky enough to get a big donation towards it, but we’re still in need of a few thousand.

“We’ve looked for help from local companies and put letters out, but no-one seems to be getting back to us.

“We use electric heaters mainly to heat it, although there are a few different types in it and it’s still freezing. The new one would be centrally heated.”

Her husband James intends to run the Edinburgh Marathon next Sunday while her son Aidan and his friends Scott Turriff and Kai Henderson will take part in the junior 5k. Beavers Mia Fraser and Kenza Henderson, will also take part in the junior 1.5k the day before. More will be held over the next few months.

Donations can be made online at www.1sthillsidescouts.org.uk/donate.