Scout leader hopes for accolade

A SCOUT group leader is today hoping to be crowned Britain's most inspiring fundraiser.Stewart Bethell, the leader of the 24th Ipswich Scouts, based in Bramford Road, is now in with a chance of winning the £20,000 prize for being one of the most deserving fundraisers in the country after he nominated himself.

A SCOUT group leader is today hoping to be crowned Britain's most inspiring fundraiser.

Stewart Bethell, the leader of the 24th Ipswich Scouts, based in Bramford Road, is now in with a chance of winning the £20,000 prize for being one of the most deserving fundraisers in the country after he nominated himself.

Charity search engine Everyclick.com is calling on people to nominate a person they feel deserves recognition before the deadline of Friday, April 18. People can also nominate themselves.

The UK-wide competition is being held in memory of fundraiser Jane Tomlinson, who raised more than £1.75million for cancer charities through a serious of gruelling physical challenges, while battling breast cancer. She died in September 2007, but her family are determined to continue her charitable work.


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Mr Bethell has raised money for the Scout group for more than 20 years by holding fundraising events such as a German Beer Night . Although he put his own name down for the award initially, there have since been further nominations for him.

He said: “There is a team of people behind me so it is not just about me. I hope this raises the profile of the group. The Scout group is my life.

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“I don't know what the group would do with the money. I would have to talk to the committee because £20,000 is such a massive amount.”

Polly Gowers, founder of Everyclick.com, said: “We hope to recognise and commend those selfless individuals who have demonstrated ingenuity, personal commitment and a determination to raise funds for charities of all types and all sizes.”

To nominate someone or yourself for the award, visit www.everyclick.com, and give an outline of their fundraising efforts for charity including the impact this has had.

After the closing date, a judging panel will select one winner from all entries to win £20,000 to donate to the charity or charities of their choice.

Do you know someone inspiring? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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