Harpenden Cubs get posting Christmas cards for town’s elderly residents

Town mayor Brian Ellis, vice president of Harpenden & Wheathampstead Scouts with Scouts who were sor

Town mayor Brian Ellis, vice president of Harpenden & Wheathampstead Scouts with Scouts who were sorting the Christmas cards - Credit: Archant

Elderly people in Harpenden know where to turn to get their Christmas cards delivered and save on postage at the same time.

They take part in the Harpenden cubs free Christmas card delivery for the elderly which has been running in the town for the past 32 years.

And this year cubs from all 11 packs in Harpenden delivered 3,519 cards on Sunday December 13, the highest number since 2002.

The previous day had found the cubs sorting the cards at the Crabtree Fields Scout HQ before delivering those that were clearly addressed on Sunday.

And the service does not stop there - on the same Sunday afternoon a group of cubs put their heads together to work out how to deliver those that are not so easy to find and succeed in solving most of them.


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Scheme originator and organiser Rikki Harrington said that users of the service had saved £1,900 in postage but most importantly, the cubs enjoyed doing it and the elderly appreciated it - “It’s a win-win,” he added.

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