Sheringham Scout fund-raising for trip

A 15-year-old Scout from Sheringham is aiming to raise �2k to help him get to a world Scout jamboree next year.

James Mitchell, has been selected as one of just 36 people from the county to go to Sweden for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree taking place next July.

And the music-loving teenager has already made a head start on getting the funds needed to get him there, hosting a music concert in his home town of Sheringham.

James is currently studying for his GCSEs at Sheringham High School where he is head boy, and is a member of Sheringham Beeston Regis Sea Scouts.

Along with three of the Scouts from the West Runton Scout Group who have also been selected to take part in the jamboree, Josh Mutton, 15, Elsa Poulter, 15, and George Warner, 14, he has been working hard to raise the �2,000 needed to go on the trip.

The money raised will also help another Scout, from a deprived area of the world, attend the jamboree as well.

James, who is also a member of Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band, said: 'One of the main things is going to be the cultural integration and learning things from all the other Scouts who will be there.'

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To help raise money he has taken on a number of tasks, including offering gardening services and setting up a fundraising cake stall.

His latest venture has been organising the music concert which took place at the beginning of October.

Originally the concert was set to be staged just at his grandparent's house, but as more and more people offered to help, James's family realised they would have to pick out somewhere much bigger and so opted for Sheringham Scout headquarters instead.

Music and entertainment was provided by James and his younger brother Andrew, 12, as well as a host of their friends and other Scouts, and the Jefferson's Mandolins band who are based in Sheringham.

It means the total amount James has managed to raise so far is around �800.

His mum Karen, 40, said: 'We were absolutely amazed at the amount of people who came, there were around 80 people there, and at their generosity.

'Everyone said how lovely it was to see children come together and do something like this.'

The jamboree, which will play host to around 30,000 Scouts, will last two weeks and Scouts from across the world will be given chance to take part in a range of activities.

James and Scouts from the West Runton group will be fundraising with a raffle at a Christmas fair being held at West Runton Scout HQ, Cromer Road, Beeston Regis, on December 11.