Scouts backed by MP

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FYLDE District Scouts have been given the full backing of the area’s MP as they look to bounce back from a double blaze blow.

Mark Menzies met with Geoff Currie, chairman of the fund-raising committee of Fylde District Scout Council, to survey the damage following a second fire at the Heyhouses Lane HQ within the space of a year.

Vital equipment was wrecked and a toilet blocks and other buildings were damaged beyond repair during the blaze last month.

It came just as fortunes were looking up for Fylde scouts, who had raised more than £70,000, as well as receiving insurance money, to repair the damage from another deliberate fire back in July.

Two men were arrested in connection with the blaze and a number of other fires in the area on the same evening, including one which killed a number of animals at Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary.

Now Mr Menzies, who himself made a donation of more than £100 to the fighting fund raised from a Christmas card competition, urged the community to get behind the group.

Mr Menzies said: “It is truly terrible what has happened to the scouts this year.

“These disgraceful attacks which have huge repercussions for the young people who use these facilities and could have put lives at risk.

“The scouts have done fantastically to help themselves by raising money and opening up an appeal shop on Wood Street in St Annes.

“More help is needed, though and I urge anyone who thinks they can help in any way to get in touch with them and support the fantastic work they do for the young people of Fylde.”

The scouts now need to press ahead with a redevelopment and have drawn up plans for a new building at the Heyhouses Lane site.

When committee members are on site it will now be open to the public so people can see the damage for themselves.

Marita Kirkham from Fylde Scouts said: “The Lytham St Annes Express has kindly offered to act as a post box for donations. Donations can be made by sending cheques to: The Lytham St Annes Express, 12 St Annes Road West, St Annes-on-Sea, FY8 1RF, payable to: Fylde District Scout Council.

The funds raised by Fylde’s Scouts towards the required building work at their headquarters now stands at £73,211.

n Donations to the scouts fund can be made in person at the Express office in St Annes Square