Cubs, scouts, beavers, and explorers from the 5th Island Air Scout Group will be offering an alternative postal service over the Christmas period.

The children will sort and deliver cards for businesses and residents on Canvey Island in order to raise money for their club.

Cheaper alternative

Kate Ferris, assistant cub leader, said: “It’s certainly a cheaper alternative than what is around, and hopefully residents and businesses can help to support us at the same time.

“It’s a really good scheme, and gets all of our beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers involved as it’s quite a busy operation getting everything sorted.

“It gets them helping in the community, and hopefully we can get some help back from Canvey on this too.”

Card deliveries will cost 25p each – less than half the price of a first or second class stamp.

Community spirit

Mrs Ferris reports that in previous years the children have ‘delivered hundreds of cards’ and hope the community will continue to respond to the initiative.

She adds: “Members of the group pay their subscription fees, but we do need to fundraise in order to pay for trips we do and things such as camping trips and equipment.”

Anyone who is interested in using the postal service this Christmas can take their cards to Lakeview Hall, at Winter Gardens Academy, in Hilton Road, Canvey Island, between 6pm and 9pm.

Alternatively, they can leave them at St Nicholas Church, in Long Road, at any time.

The deadline for dropping off cards is Sunday, 13th December.

Source: Maurice Richmond/Echo News