Network Rail gives back to local Scout group: A team of Network Rail directors and staff dedicated over 90 hours of volunteer leave to decorate a Scout Hall in Rumney, Cardiff

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

Network Rail gives back to local Scout group

Region & Route:
Wales and Western

A Scout Hall in Rumney, Cardiff, has benefitted from a makeover thanks to a team of volunteers from Network Rail in Wales and Borders.

A team of directors and staff dedicated over 90 hours of volunteer leave to decorate the Scout Hall in the colours of the group’s neckerchief, as well as cutting back a substantial amount of overgrowth from the garden.

The Scout Hall sits closely to Mardy Road Bridge, which has recently been completely reconstructed and raised to accommodate the overhead line equipment needed for trains running on electricity to Cardiff.

Bill Kelly, acting route managing director, Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “It was our absolute pleasure to spend our time helping to bring some life back to this much-loved Scout Hall.

“We are always looking for ways to give back to the communities we serve, and we hope in a small way this shows our thanks to the local community for their patience while we completed essential upgrade work in the area in recent months.”

Shane Andrews, Group Scout Leader at Rumney Scouts said: “Part of the Scouting ethos is to make a positive impact in the community and Network Rail have done just that.  We’re extremely grateful that Network Rail chose us for their day of action.

“We’re one of the biggest youth groups in the East of Cardiff, with over 100 boys and girls aged between 6 and 14 and we now have a fresh looking garden and a hall decorated in our group colours, giving our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and adult volunteers a far greater sense of belonging.”

Lisa Higson, Beaver Scout Leader at Rumney Scouts said: “I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of all involved with Rumney Scouts, especially our young people.  The Network Rail team have worked tirelessly on our hall and grounds, there is such a huge improvement inside and out.  The garden seems so much larger now that the overgrowth has been cut back.  This will allow us to offer a more varied outdoor programme and a safer environment for all.”

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