Cubs are building a book bridge abroad

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GOLDEN-HEARTED cub scouts took just a fortnight to collect more than 2,700 books to send to two new education centres in Cambodia.

Cubs in Billinge were challenged to collect the books for the charity Bookbridge - and were delighted to receive a bit of help in their mission from Billinge Chapel End Primary School.

The Bookbridge Foundation, which grew out of a project between German and Mongolian scouts, is aimed at bridging the education gap in developing countries.

The two new education centres will provide free access to the books - as well as offering English lessons to help boost local people’s employment prospects and quality of life.

In the last 18 months Bookbridge has set up four teaching libraries in Mongolia and, this year, they plan to set up six more in Mongolia and Cambodia.

Billinge scout leader Mathew Sims said: “The cub scouts did a great job gathering together so many books in such a short time. I am really proud of them. It’s moments this that make me really enjoy the leadership role I have with the pack.”

James, a cub scout, added: “It was hard work collecting the books but it was good to help the children in Cambodia, so it was worth doing.”

The books collected in Billinge will now be transported to Nottingham for a national sorting day.

They will be checked and packed into shipping containers.