GROUPS of youngsters took the phrase ‘beavering away’ to new levels after raising more than £1,000 for charity.

The 12th Andover West Beavers have been very busy collecting donations for worthy causes.

It comes as the group are working towards achieving their charity badge.

This means each beaver mus select a chosen cause and raise donations for it.

A spokesman for the club said: “After a group discussion, the beavers decided that they would like to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“They also decided that they would hold two events to raise funds. The first event was to be a night hike and the second event was to hold a cake sale. The night hike took place on a very windy, cold, dark evening in November.”

The beavers are aged between six to eight and for some, being out in the dark proved to be quite a challenge, the spokesman said.

He added: “They all supported each other and did amazingly well and not only did they all complete it, but they also managed to raise lots of money for the very deserving charity that they had chosen.

On Friday, January 3, a Macmillan volunteer, visited to explain how their donations would help towards their cause to help cancer sufferers.

The youngsters presented a cheque for the sum of £1083.20.