FOUR Sunderland troops took part in the Scouts National Community Week by sprucing up Lakeside.
Helped by volunteers from Gentoo and Sunderland councillor Robert Oliver, Scouts from 2nd Herrington, St Andrew’s, Thornhill and St John’s collected litter and gave the area a tidy up.
Elaine Murray, of Gentoo said: “We have a number of staff volunteers who are always happy to help out with projects that benefit our customers and the city.
“It was fantastic to work alongside some of the city’s young people to help to improve a local community and everyone involved did a fantastic job despite the rain.
“This is just the beginning of a partnership but we look forward to working together on some exciting projects in the future.
“At Gentoo, giving back to society is important to us and we have developed and deliver a wide range of initiatives aimed at enriching and adding value to the lives of our customers.”
Les Scott, district chairman for Sunderland Scouts, said: “This is a great opportunity for the Scouts to show everyone that young people can make a positive contribution to their community.
“The Scouts enjoyed themselves and got a real feeling of achievement when they could see how much they had cleared in a couple of hours.
“As the largest growing youth organisation in the world we welcome new recruits – both youngsters and adults – to provide a great experience for all.”