A LOCAL scout group want to raise more than £250,000 to find a ‘new home’ after seeing a ‘massive boost’ to its membership over recent years.

The 16th Barnsley - Royston - Scout Group recently launched their campaign to move away from their premises at the Salvation Army hall.

The group has seen a massive boost to its membership over the last couple of years which means it’s outgrown its current ‘on loan’ home.

Having their own permanent home means they could accommodate more children and make a difference to even more young lives.

Scout leader David Mitchell said: “Our scout group provides fantastic opportunities for the young people of Royston and the surrounding area.

“We’ve had a great ten years at the Salvation Army hall but a new home of our own would enable us to continue the amazing work that our dedicated team of volunteers do who all give their own time willingly.”

Parents and carers will be holding fundraising events, from bake sales, supermarket collections, race nights, and a sponsored skydive amongst many other ideas to enable them to reach their ambitious goal of raising more than £250,000.

The group recently raised £434.50 by hosting a ‘Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin’ event outside the local Asda in Royston.

Some guesses came in at almost a tonne, but the Pacific giant pumpkin weighed a whopping 101.2kg.

“We are an inclusive group and all children are welcome irrespective of their needs, abilities and circumstances,” David said.

“Scouting really is for all and we would love a forever home.”