TELE readers have been thanked for helping to save a long-running children’s organisation.

The Beavers group in Kilmacolm looked set to shut down due to a lack of volunteer leaders.

But thanks to an appeal we published, the group has been saved from closure.

Stuart Wilson, the group scout leader, said the Tele played an instrumental role in saving the Beavers.

He said: “I can’t thank the Tele enough for spreading the word in the newspaper and on social media.

“One of the women who came forward to help out said she doesn’t have Facebook but read about our plight in the Greenock Telegraph.

“It definitely helped to save the Beavers — I’m absolutely delighted.

“The Beavers is so important to the village.

“It would have been a disaster for the whole scout movement if the Beavers closed as the group provides a pathway for the children to then join the cubs and go on to scouts.

“If we lost the Beavers then the children would probably get into other activities and we would lose them from a young age.”

The Beavers group in Kilmacolm has provided fun and enjoyment to thousands of kids in the village for the past 30 years.

Now Stuart and his new team of leaders are looking forward to the next 30 years.

Stuart added: “Five people in total have come forward to help which is brilliant.

“One of them is a parent and we also have a teacher and a train conductor.

“They will undergo the formal application process and will be trained up.”

Anyone else who is interested in putting their name forward to volunteer is asked to contact Stuart on 07957 933216 or via email at