Hundreds of Scouts prepare to deliver Christmas spirit across Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

26th November 2019

Cardiff and Vale Scouts are preparing to deliver a little Christmas magic across their local communities this festive season.

For the past 35 years, Scouts have been bracing the frost and delivering Christmas cards across their local areas. In recent years Scout Post has seen a drastic reduction in numbers due to the rise of social media, however, this year will not see tradition broken with up to 750 Scouts from 45 Scout Groups, Guides, Air Cadets and even the Fire Service coming together to deliver over 600,000 cards.

Established by a group in Roath, the Scout Post service allows a Christmas card to be delivered at a fraction of the cost of other postal services while supporting local young people in the community, raising £160k each year for Scouting locally.

Scout Post Co-ordinator, Paul Willicombe, said: “We are so proud of the way the Cardiff and Vale community has come together to keep the tradition of sending Christmas Cards alive for another year.

“Sometimes, the busy nature of the festive seasons distracts us from taking a moment to spend time with people close to us and enjoying one of the best times of the year. Sending a Christmas card adds the personal touch back into wishing someone a Merry Christmas and it can mean the world to many people.

“By sending a Christmas card, you aren’t only putting a smile one someone’s face for one day of the year but helping to keep the smiles on the faces of hundreds of young people across Wales all year round. 100% of the money raised goes towards helping our local communities and allowing young people to gain skills for life.

“We are so grateful to all of those who have joined us to help with the service this year and to everyone who chooses to use Scout Post.”

Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Scouting in Wales said: “It is fantastic to see so many Scouts, Guides, Air Cadets and Fire Service personnel coming together to keep alive the tradition of sending Christmas cards while raising money to help our young people.

“Every year it is so special to see all those involved in Scout Post come together with the local community to celebrate the festive season. We are sure this year will be another huge success and we hope that the tradition will carry on for many years to come.”

The last day for posting your cards is the 2nd December. Stamps can be purchased from a host of local retailers for 30p. Click here to see a list of local outlets - http://www.cardiffandvalescouts.org.uk/scoutpost/