A FORMER Warwick sea scout has made a strong effort to support the next generation.
Simon Talling-Smith completed the Ironman challenge to raise money towards a new headquarters for his old group.
The former Warwick School pupil – who was a 2nd Warwick Sea Scout in the early 1980s – completed a 4km swim, 180km bike ride and full marathon in just under 12 hours.
Simon, who is now the chief executive of California-based airline Surf Air Europe, raised just under £4,000 towards the scouts new hq appeal and is hoping donations will continue to push him towards his £10,000 target.
It will help pay for the scout’s new hq, which is set to be built next to St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre and replace the current hut which is too small and falling into disrepair.
And Simon believes the appeal is such a worthwhile cause as scouting has taught him many life skills.
He said: “This year I turned 50, and after competing in several shorter triathlons over the last few years, I decided it’s time for the big one and to raise money for a cause that’s played such an important role in my life.
“The 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts is recognised for an especially high standard of scouting, but their impact is limited by aging facilities.
“By raising funds to increase the size and standard of their meeting place they will give this invaluable experience to so many more young people.
“My own experience of scouting is that it teaches a wealth of important life skills in a safe way and gives young people adventures that they may never forget. It also creates a community of kids that crosses social, racial and religious divides – which seems ever more important in the modern world. I wanted to play my part in keeping that going.”
The group says some £250,000 of the £650,000 total is still needed so work can begin next year – in time for its 60th anniversary.
The appeal has already received the backing of local businesses including Deeley Construction.
Visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simondoestheironman to donate.