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Scouting In Hospitals Celebrate First Birthday





to join the team, please contact Sara Sullivan

Scouting is truly for all as Hampshire Scouting in Hospitals marks it’s first anniversary.

Downton Abbey historical advisor and Sky News Royal Correspondent, Alistair Bruce, joined with the volunteer team, staff and patients, both past and present, to celebrate this fantastic milestone of Scouting at Southampton General Hospital with a huge activity birthday.

Guest of honour was previous participant Mollie, who enjoyed making a catapult with Hampshire Scouts lead volunteer, Adam Jollans, while other staff and patients enjoyed making paper planes and badges and joining in with the activities.

The Scouts volunteer to provide challenges including included pioneering, tracking, code breaking, crafts and navigation every other Week. Those who cannot make it to the play areas, receive a visit to their bedside to ensure that everyone can take part.

Hospital play leader, Joyce Stebbing, expressed her thanks at the difference it has made to Wednesday evenings in the hospital.

Adult Volunteer, Sara Sullivan said “I am so proud of the work the team do here. It is wonderful to be able to bring scouting to those who would otherwise have little chance of experiencing it. We are also grateful to Zebra Technologies for their generous donation towards our running costs and equipment”.

The Scouts also provide bi-monthly ‘Caterpillar Camps’. Afternoons of fun and adventure at Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Over the next twelve months, the Scouts plan to expand to provide Scouting in other Hampshire hospitals.

Scout Volunteer, Rosemary Harrison, said: “I know first-hand what it’s like being a young person in hospital and so am especially happy to volunteer here.  We are very flexible about when Leaders can help and have to be flexible with our activities, as you never know who will be in at the time as the ages can range from 4 to 16”.
If anyone is interested in joining the Scouts, any time you can offer is gratefully received, or can help with funding or sponsorship, please contact Hampshire Scouts via



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