WINCHESTER scouts have been maintaining a tradition by helping out nurses at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Members of the Winnall-based 12th Winchester (Green Jackets) Scout group, collected and arranged delivery of items, drinks, shower gels, soap, and moisturiser for intensive care staff.

It echoes the group’s work in 1940 when boys collected donations to help captured soldiers of the Winchester-based Green Jackets Regiment in camps in Germany.

The items were so appreciated in the prisoner of war camps, that in 1943, the title “Green Jackets” was formally awarded to the scout group by the regiment.

12th Winchester (Green Jackets) Scout group is a vibrant family with Beavers meeting on Tuesdays, Cubs on Wednesday and Scouts on Friday evenings.

David Bannister, group leader, said the scouts are learning new ways of scouting in uniformed virtual scout, cub and beaver meetings during the current situation, and are running events throughout Easter to keep young people engaged and in a routine.

Next year is its centenary year.