THE 1st Ilminster Scouts raised over £700 for the Royal British Legion through their third Poppy Appeal.

This year the scouts raised an amazing £785,17 after just four hours and also paid their respects by attending the town's Remembrance Parade.

Scouts have also supported the charity Toilet Twinning, to provide clean sanitation for a family.

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They took part in a sponsored walk, walking the distance an African child would walk to reach dirty sanitation.

Twinning costs £60 per toilet, for a family of six. The Scouts raised an incredible £444, with money still to come in.

This means they were able to twin seven toilets in the community and they are now hoping to twin toilets at their meeting place, The Ile Youth Club.

The whole Scout Group supported Blythswood Care's Shoebox Appeal and our members brought in items for families less fortunate than themselves.

Chard & Ilminster News: The Ilminster Scouts with the Mayor of Ilminster, Cllr Leanne TaylorThe Ilminster Scouts with the Mayor of Ilminster, Cllr Leanne Taylor (Image: Contributed)

A spokesperson said: “We want to thank every family who sent in items, especially in the current economic climate.

“As part of learning about the world around them, the Scouts were invited to visit the town council buildings where we took part in a special Town Council Meeting of scouts.

“We elected a Deputy Chair for the meeting from among the Scouts and took part in a meeting just like our councillors do, as part of UK Parliament Week.

“We were also shown round parts of the old cells. Our meeting of scouts allowed the scouts to suggest some ideas for things happening in town.

“There were some great suggestions. We all know a bit more about what our Council does now.

“This wouldn't have been possible without Mayor, Cllr Leanne Taylor, and Mark Tredwin, Town Clerk giving up their time, which is really appreciated.”

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