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OTTERY: Scouts take on walking challenge for Iceland trip

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Two Ottery St Mary schoolboys are preparing to represent their country at an international Scouts event in Iceland, and are calling on the local community to help them raise enough funds to pay for the trip.
Jacob Franks and Chris Seers, who attend the King’s School in Ottery, have been members of the Tipton St John Scouts for six years, and have recently become involved with a new group – the Devon Explorer Scouts.
The group has organised the trip of a lifetime for a contingent of Explorer Scouts from across Devon to fly to Iceland in July to take part in the International Scouts Jamboree, alongside hundreds of other Scouts from around the world.
Contingent Leader Paul Charlton said: “During the expedition to Iceland we will be meeting other Scouts from all around the world, and the Scouts will be heavily involved in the planning of activities.
“They will be taking part in a wilderness expedition and exploring some of the remote areas of Iceland, to experience firsthand its unique geology, culture and history.”
Jacob and Chris must each raise £1,000 to guarantee their place on the trip, and they have set about planning a range of fundraising events, including an evening with experienced Arctic explorer Ann Daniels and a 12km sponsored walk to the Iceland supermarket in Honiton.
Jacob, whose grandfather Ray Pollard was for years involved with the organisation of Ottery’s famous Tar Barrels event, said: “Iceland is a country with a lot of history and I would really like to get some experience of other cultures. It would also be very interesting to see how other Scout groups are run around the world.”
Jacob and Chris, both 14, have been training for the Ten Tors expedition and have planned a route through Alfington and Gittisham Farm to Honiton, which they will tackle on Monday, April 7th - and they are now hoping people and businesses from around the town will help with a donation to their cause.
Jacob said: “We have planned a route and done a risk assessment – it will be challenging but we are prepared for it.”
An Evening with Ann Daniels: Arctic Explorer takes place on Friday, March 14th at Tipton Village Hall and Jacob and Chris have also organised a coffee and cake morning on May 31st. Sponsor sheets are available from Ottery St Mary Tourist Information Centre, and for further information please contact Claire Franks (01404 811568) or

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