A 30-YEAR-old scout hall has received much-needed funding to upgrade its facilities and become more inclusive.

The 21st Warrington West (1st Appleton) Scout Group, has received £1,000 from Barratt Homes Manchester to create a ramp from the car park to the hall in Dudlow Green Road.

Stephen Cummings, group scout leader, said: "It was fantastic when Barratt Homes got in touch to say that we had been chosen to receive the donation.

"We’ve been working really hard on fundraising and the Barratt Legacy funding is a great boost.

"The donation will go towards building an access ramp to the Scout Hall, allowing us to comply with the 2010 Equality Act and to become more inclusive as a group."

The Warrington group hosts Beavers, aged six to eight, Cubs, aged eight to 10-and-a-half and Scouts, aged 10-and-a-half to 14.

The Aztec Explorer Scout Unit is also open to those aged 14 to 18.

Girl Guide groups 1st Appleton Thorn and 2nd Appleton are also hosted at the scout hall, as well as a Ranger section for all girls aged between 10 and 18.

Stephen continued: "A successful organisation like Barratt Homes taking a lead in supporting local charities and organisations sets a great example for others to follow."

Michaela Lancaster, sales director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: "As a five star homebuilder, it is important that we support groups within the areas in which we build, to ensure that we leave a positive impact on the surrounding communities.

"We are delighted to have provided 21st Warrington West (1st Appleton) Scouts with the funding for upgrades to their scout hall and we hope that it will allow more members to enjoy the challenges, adventures and knowledge that comes with being a part of the Scout family."