A Middlesbrough resident, who helps run a local cub scout pack is celebrating after winning a community hero award.
Swinton Group has launched a nationwide search as part of its diamond anniversary to find 10 'diamonds' who make a difference in their local communities.
Sharron Baldam from Middlesbrough has won the award having helped lead her local cub pack for the past 28 years. Sharron helps run the operation alongside her parents, who started the group in 1972.
The troop has a current membership of 16 local children, who meet every Wednesday at Whale Hill Primary School. Each week, they take part in a range of activities from outdoor pursuits like woodland walks and swimming to learning valuable skills such as computing or playing musical instruments.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, which took place at Swinton’s Middlesbrough branch on Friday 11th August Mrs Baldam said: “The competition is a great way to celebrate the good work happening in local communities and the donation will make a huge difference to our cub pack.
“We plan to use the money to help fund this year’s cub camp and our Christmas pantomime. Our kids come from a variety of backgrounds and we know that money can sometimes be a barrier to great experiences like these. We’ve never turned a child away because they can’t cover the costs themselves and this donation will help us ensure we won’t have to in the future.”
Janice Brown, customer service manager at Swinton Group’s Middlesbrough branch, said: “Sharron’s commitment to her cub pack is truly inspiring and she provides an invaluable experience for these children.
“We designed our search for ‘Swinton Diamonds’ to celebrate local heroes like Sharron. We hope this donation will help her continue the important work she is doing. Community spirit is incredibly important to us at Swinton, so this is our chance to give something back to those who go the extra mile.”
Swinton Group is donating to community organisations and charities up and down the country throughout August and September as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.