A CUBS group set up for children with special needs has received a generous donation to help the toungsters work towards their badges and expand the group.

The Fourth Thatcham Cubs received £700 from regional housebuilder Persimmon Homes North London through its Community Champions scheme.

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Each month the company donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals in the local area through the match-funded scheme.

The group offers the chance for children with special needs to take part in cub scout activities, often with one-to-one support.

The club is also looking to expand its size, with the aim of one day starting a scout group.

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Jo Ramsay, who applied for the funding on behalf of Fourth Thatcham Cubs, said: "We formed the group as there was no other cub scout pack like it, and have just celebrated our first anniversary.

"Many children with special needs are unable to attend a mainstream pack usually due to lack of correct facilities.

"All our cubs are either physically disabled or have learning difficulties and the children work towards their badges.

"However, adaptations need to be made and this usually means additional resources, so we are very grateful to Persimmon Homes North London for its support."

Rachel Faulkner, sales director for Persimmon Homes North London, said: "We are delighted to support such a great cause.

"It is important that clubs such as Fourth Thatcham Cubs grow and continue their fantastic work.

"If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion."

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity group, visit the website.