A DONATION has given a needed boost to a scouting group.

A Tidworth scout troop, which has a history stretching back more than 100 years, has received a £1,000 donation to help it maintain its current scout hut.

The 1st Tidworth Scout Group received the money from Persimmon Homes South Coast through its Community Champions scheme.

Each month, the regional business donates up to £2,000 to local community groups through the initiative.

Persimmon Homes South Coast is currently building at Riverbourne Fields, Pennings Road, in the town and is keen to support the local community.

The Scout troop, which has more than 110 members, currently runs two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, a Scout Troop and an Explorer Unit working with children aged six to 18 years.

Corby Kemp, 1st Tidworth Scout Group chair, group executive, said: “All of our young people come from both civilian and military families in our community and we strongly believe we provide a stability and purpose in this ever-changing town.

“It is difficult raising money and we are constantly fundraising for ongoing maintenance and we thank Persimmon Homes for their support.”

Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “We strongly believe in supporting the communities where we build, and are delighted to be able to support groups such as the 1st Tidworth Scout Group, which really supports youngsters in the area.

“If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit persimmonhomes.com/charity