Bluntisham Night in a Box adventures
Last Friday night, noise levels reached heights that a One Direction concert organiser would be proud of! 58 excited youngsters filled the hall at St Helen’s Primary School in Bluntisham and prepared to spend the night, sleeping (theoretically) in beds made out of cardboard boxes. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Young Leaders from the Earith, Bluntisham & Colne Scout Group gathered, with leaders and parents at their side.
It’s the fourth year in a row that this event has been held. This time round, the happy campers decided to support local lifesaving charity Magpas, after the Scouts visited the Helimedix Operations Base in Huntingdon a few months ago.
Well over £200 has been raised, but the grand total is yet to be announced. The boxes were also donated by Boxes and Packaging Cambridge Ltd in St. Ives. The idea stems from Shelter Box, who have a link with Scouts, who supply emergency relief anywhere in the world to disasters (and everything is “in a box”). Scout leader Charlotte explained why it works so well, “The kids learn to help each other out and look after each other. Taking part in this, also makes them aware of important issues”.
How did everyone feel the next day? Despite blurry eyes and tired Scout Leaders, all the children said they loved the experience, especially as some had never spent a night away from home before. Charlotte summed up how they felt about the charity they were supporting, “We are really lucky to have such a great service provided free of charge on our doorsteps, and although we all hope never to need the Magpas Helimedix, we know that many people do urgently need their specialist help”. She went on to say, “When you hear how much the helicopter or a flight costs, then it makes you want to raise money for Magpas”.