Harpenden cubs' record-breaking Christmas card deliveries
PUBLISHED: 21:00 15 December 2016
Cubs put their heads together on Sunday to deliver a record number of Christmas cards for the elderly in Harpenden.
Harpenden Cubs Christmas cards deliveries
Rosie Antcliff Age 9 delivers letters to the post code boxes
Daniel Antcliff Age 9 delivers letters to the post code boxes
Gideon Metcalfe Age 10 delivers letters to the post code boxes
Daniel Gaches Age 9 stamps the christmas cards
Thomas Hogston Age 10 stamps the christmas cards
James Jewell Age 8 holding some of the many christmas cards
Finlay Edwards Age 10/Joseph Gaswell Age 9/Daniel Gache Age 9 and Carissa Cowley Age 9 deliver letters to the post code boxes
Nicola Linacre (Mayor of Hertfordshire) with scouts - Jmes Austen Age 9/Sam Walker Age 9/Gideon Metcalfe Age 10 and Amy Dicks Age 8
For the past 33 years, Harpenden cubs have run the service which is thought to be a unique scheme in the country.
Fortunately the weather was very clement which helped as the cubs set about delivering 3,752 cards, saving pensioners some £2,000 in postage costs.
Vice-president of Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scouts, Rikki Harrington, said: “More importantly, though the cubs - and their parents it seems - enjoy doing it and the users appreciate it - it’s a win-win.”
Over 100 cubs from the town’s 12 packs took part and were helped with the sorting by Harpenden Mayor, Cllr Nicola Linacre.
Scouting is booming in Harpenden - there are now more than 1,600 members, a growth of 6 per cent in the past year.