A SCOUT group is offering a Christmas postal service around Ryedale to raise donations for a new Scout Hut.

The 1st Helmsley Scouts Group are posting Christmas cards in Helmsley, Ampleforth and Oswaldkirk after December 13, with stamps on sale for 20p.

Fran Evans, a Group Scout Leader said: “We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated fundraising team helping us organise and run these fundraising events.”

This is the first year the scout group are doing Scout Post, with stamp sales available from Helmsley School, St Hilda’s School, Kirks Coffee Shop in Ampleforth and many more.

Cards must be fully addressed with surname, house name/number, street name and postcode.

Post boxes are available from various locations such as Elijah Todd’s, Helmsley Library, Daisy Day Care in Ampleforth and Porter ‘s.

Fran added: “We are very proud of all our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and grateful for all the support shown by the local community.

“While the group continues to go from strength to strength and Scout hut has served the group well since 1920’s, but has now seen better days and needs replacing.”