Scouts go ping-pong

NBENBE111119f1, Belper 1st Alton manor scouts raising money for new community building, Gregorys way. Marcus Chalklin and Gary Chalklin chairman fundraising committee.
NBENBE111119f1, Belper 1st Alton manor scouts raising money for new community building, Gregorys way. Marcus Chalklin and Gary Chalklin chairman fundraising committee.

FUNDRAISING Scouts from Belper released 2,000 ping-pong balls down a town centre street as part of a drive to raise cash for a new community building.

The 1st Alton Manor (Belper) Group used a specially constructed 200-yard-long track set up on King Street for the race.

People bought a ball for £1 and three prizes were up for grabs — the first ball to the bottom won £200 for its owner, second prize was £100, and third won £50.

The race was part of a fundraising effort by the Scouts for a new building on Gregorys Way, Belper. It will be their headquarters but will also be open for use by the community.

Gary Chalklin, chairman of the fundraising committee, said: “We need to raise £200,000 to complete the building. We have raised £65,000 so far and have the land cleared and the foundations in. Trying to raise that much money is very difficult, but the building will be worthwhile.”