A GROUP of Oswestry scouts are fundraising as they begin their quest to attain the highest youth award achievable to scouts operating under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II.

Oswestry Scout Group, who meet at the Scout Hut on Penylan Lane, are aiming to raise money through several fundraisers to raise enough money to take part in the international aspect of the award.

This will see them travel to Norway in 2020, with the cost to complete the international aspect at around £400 per member.

The group of 13 has almost a year to raise enough money, and they have already started working towards their target.

Scout leader Louise Ridgers said: “So far, we have held a Christmas craft fair which we raised £411 from.

“We’ve organised another similar event over Easter. On top of that we have a raffle organised for which the winner will be drawn on Christmas Eve.

“We’re going to have various other events throughout next year, but we really want to kickstart it as soon as possible as we’re hoping to raise around £500 per person in the group so we can book in January.

“The events we have in mind should offer something for everyone and hopefully they are a success – they’re a great group of kids.

“They all put in a lot of effort in trying to raise money.”

Should they achieve the award, they will attend a presentation which takes place at Windsor and is attended by the Royal Family.

The Oswestry Scout Group meets every Tuesday at the Scout Hut on Penylan Lane.

Anyone who wishes to join the group can find out more information by emailing cjridgers@btinternet.com

Tickets for the raffle are on sale at the Scout Hut and the Blue Hanger Clothing Co in Oswestry.