Shoreham Sea Scout hut safe from fires thanks to volunteer

The 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts with scout leader Robert Jewiss
The 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts with scout leader Robert Jewiss

A sea scout leader has come to the organisation’s rescue by volunteering his time and skills to update a faulty fire system.

When a routine inspection found their fire alarms to have problems, the 3rd Shoreham sea scouts faced the choice of updating the system – a difficult option considering their limited funds – or risk being shut down until it was found to be up to scratch.

Thankfully Robert Jewiss, who has been a scout leader for 15 years and is also an expert engineer at UK Power Networks, stepped in, rallying his workmates together through the company’s volunteer programme to install a new fire alarm system at the Les Goodbody Centre, Adur Recreation Ground.

The 49-year-old, of West Way was joined by colleagues Graham Martin, Keith Ayres and Dave Wright, who carried out the work using their volunteering allowance – two paid days offered to UK Power Network staff to volunteer or fundraise in their community.

Having already used his allowance to run a scout camp, Robert used two days of his holiday, which he said was ‘worth it’.

He said: “It’s a wonderful organisation. The kids get so much out of it and we get a lot back. We speak about community, respect, resilience, self-reliance and teach them sailing and sports for a healthier lifestyle.

“There is no point complaining about kids hanging about on street corners if they have got nothing to do.

“My attitude is if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem and I’ve always preferred being part of the solution.”

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