Community Stories

Forterra jump-starts Jamboree fundraiser


Selected from among 125 scouts, Peter, aged 13, and Thomas, aged 16, have made it through the tough selection process to represent Cambridgeshire at the upcoming Jamboree. They will join 3,240 scouts from the UK at an event attended by more than 50,000 scouts from groups all over the world.

Serving in a mainly educational role, the World Scout Jamboree aims to promote peace and mutual understanding, while sharing much needed skills among the youth attending. The key theme for the 2023 events is how scouts can help to create a more sustainable world.

Thomas, an Explorer Scout, and Peter, a Scout, have both been involved in Scouting from a young age.

“We’re looking forward to being able to make friends and work with other young people from different countries with different languages and cultures,” said Peter “We’re also really excited to put on some activities of our own, so that we can share information about our local area, culture and customs.”

“In order to attend the event, we need to raise a combined fee of £7,790. This will help cover such things as travel, insurance, accommodation and training camps.

Thomas added, “Forterra’s donation of £1,000 has been a huge help toward this and has really aided us on this journey. It’s great to have such a boost to our campaign, and we look forward to continuing our fundraising activities in the lead up to the Jamboree.”

The Jamboree will raise the profile of the scouting community worldwide, encouraging more young people to join, while motivating them to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves to do something they ordinarily wouldn’t have had the chance to pursue.

A portion of the fundraiser will also help underprivileged UK children as well as children from poorer countries attend the event, an initiative that will ensure the occasion is both truly inclusive and world encompassing.

Forterra has strong connections with Whittlesey with its iconic London Brick made at the brickworks in the town for the past 145 years. “This looks set to be a really educational and inclusive event” says Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive at Forterra. “We’re proud to be able to support our local communities, and we’re delighted that Peter and Thomas applied to our Community Fund for help. We wish the boys the best of luck with their continued fundraising efforts and look forward to following their trip.”

The ‘Forterra Community Fund’ gives clubs, groups and societies the opportunity to apply for up to £1,000 for educational, environmental and charitable projects that make a positive contribution to their local community. It is also possible to apply to the fund for bricks, blocks or other products for building projects.

For more information and to apply to the Forterra Community Fund visit