Scouts help with Santa

Members of 1st Ashington Scouts who will be taking part in their Santa Sleigh collection.

Members of 1st Ashington Scouts who will be taking part in their Santa Sleigh collection.

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Scouts are preparing to hit the streets to collect donations for a local hospital.

Members of the 1st Ashington Scouts will be out and about in the town throughout December collecting presents and donations for both Wansbeck General Hospital and to support the Scout group.

The tradition was started by the local Lions club 20 years ago, with the Scouts taking over for the last two years, purchasing a new sleigh for Santa.

The route will see the sleigh at Orchid Meadows on Monday, December 8; Nursery Park on December 10; Fallowfield North on December 12; Block n Tackle Est on December 13; Fallowfield South on December 15; Green Lane estate on December 17; Blackdene and Wellhead on December 19; Aldi on December 20; and Ashington main street on December 21.

Mark Johnson, of the Scout group, said: “We have a new improved sleigh this year and will be taking the sleigh around the streets in Ashington. We will collect for our group but have also made donations to the hospital.”