Thirty-five scouts, including three from Letchworth, are preparing for an expedition to Africa next summer – but they need your help.

The scouts from across Herts spent last weekend preparing and packing kit for a two-week trip to Swaziland in August 2018, where they will help the Malibeni Youth Project build a youth centre.
It is hoped that the centre will become the hub of the community, providing young people with employment skills for a better quality of life. Each scout needs to raise £2,000 for the project.
Tracey Dobinson, leader of the expedition, has asked for support to achieve this. Tracey told the Comet: “Each young person and leader is raising £2,000 to undertake this project. On top of that fee we need to raise another £8,000 to buy the building materials to finish it off.
“I am confident that we can find people out there to help us support this community in Swaziland.”
As well as helping with the build, the expedition group will be providing essential supplies for the centre, including pens, paper and sewing equipment.
The scouts are still collecting supplies, and Tracey would be grateful for any donations to their cause.
She said: “We would be grateful if the generous people of Hertfordshire would donate sewing equipment, adult bikes, paper and pens that we can use to equip this new community centre.
“Malibeni is a poor rural community with motivated people that need a little bit of a helping hand to support themselves. We want to provide that helping hand.”
The donations container will be filled over the coming months, and will take five months to make its way from Hertfordshire to Swaziland.
The scouts from Letchworth, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow and Much Hadham have worked with the project for a number of years – helping to fence off the site for construction to begin in 2014, and returning to the build in 2016.