Dean all set for Japan jamboree

Member of 1st West Craven Scouts, Dean Hunt (14) will travel to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer after completing his fund-raising total.
Member of 1st West Craven Scouts, Dean Hunt (14) will travel to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer after completing his fund-raising total.

A Barnoldswick Scout is all set to jet off to Japan in July to attend a global jamboree.

Fourteen-year-old Dean Hunt, of Lower West Avenue, will travel to Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture for the 23rd edition of the World Scout Jamboree between July 28th and August 8th after finishing his marathon fund-raising mission.

The West Craven High school pupil has achieved the £3,250 needed with the raffling off of a wooden globe worth £300, donated by Martin Johnson from the lighting shop in Newtown, who went to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 1971.

The globe’s value reflected the amount Martin had to raise for his excursion 44 years ago and it has been won by Irene Hunt (no relation) of Rylstone Drive in Barnoldswick to give to her grandson.

Dean initially had a rollercoaster of emotions on his way to being selected, firstly being overlooked, but then getting a second chance which he seized with both hands.

The teenager has been working hard to raise the cash needed to attend the once in a lifetime opportunity in which only 1% of scouts ever attend.

Delighted mum Natalie Winstanley said: “Dean’s not one to show much but he’s excited underneath. I’m so glad we’ve finished the fund-raising. I was proud of the fact that he got selected in the first place out of so many people, that was amazing.

“I never thought we were going to manage to do it so it’s even better. It has been hard. Mrs Hargreaves at the school was willing to help and the people at our church have been very helpful.”

Raffle winner Mrs Hunt added: “I’ve had my eye on the globe for a bit but couldn’t afford it. My grandson is into his history and gets married in Marbella soon and I wanted to get him something.

“Anyway, this raffle came about and I thought I’d buy a ticket as it’s for a good cause.

“I was absolutely dropped on when I found out I’d won. I still can’t believe it. I never win anything and my grandson’s made up.”