Saturday 17th November 2007, Cubs, Beavers and Scouts at
the 1st Winchester Scout Group held a twenty four hour archery
marathon to raise money for Winchester
The event was organised by members of the Celts Cub Pack
who are working towards their Caring Challenge badge. This
badge involves raising money for a charity other than Scouting.
They decided to enlisted the help of the rest of the Scout
Group to raise more money. A target of £1,000.00 was
Hospital Radio is a registered charity and committed
to relieving the boredom of staying in hospital by visiting
patients and playing requests and other music. They are
funded almost entirely by donations and the Cub Scouts chose
hospital radio from a short list of three local charities
after a visit to the studios at the Royal Hampshire County
first and last arrows were fired by Tony Knight, the chairman
of Winchester Hospital Radio, who also presented the evening
request programme live from the Scout Hut along with co-presenter
Paul Blitz. Most of the requests were read by members of
the scout group, the youngest of which is just 6 years old,
and a generous sprinkling of clean jokes was also included
in the programme. Mr Knight said that it was “great
to see these young people having so much fun whilst raising
money for charity”.
A room was set aside for relaxing, sleeping and playing
board games. The marathon met the target raising £1,010.50
for hospital radio.
A total of 7,483 arrows were fired over the 24 hour period,
49 young people took part, of which 22 continued firing
arrows throughout the night. These were supported by 12
leaders and parents.
Group Scout Leader, Phil Ralph, said, “these are
absolutely brilliant young people and we are lucky to have
them in our group. They stayed happy and buoyant throughout
the night which helped keep the leaders on their toes and
And, yes, everyone of those arrows had to be counted so
we could determine the winner of the "Guess The Number
of Arrows" Competition. A huge thanks to Hathi, Balloo
and Raksha for manning the tally sheets for the entire 24
Prizes were also awarded to the Beaver, Cub and Scout who
raised the most money. A cub from the Celts Pack and a Scout
from the Greeks Troop raised the most money for their sections
but the most money of all was raised by the youngest Beaver
in the Group. He raised £77.00 - Well done!
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