A TRADITIONAL service which raises vital money for the Scouts and last year delivered around 31,000 Christmas cards has been cancelled this year.

Hereford City Scouts Christmas Post won't take place this year due to the coronavirus.

Hereford City Christmas Scout Post committee said that the cancellation was due to the current four-week lockdown and the need to keep everybody involved safe.

"We need to keep both you, our customers and our leaders, young people and helpers safe, there is no way of safely accepting, sorting and handling the 30,000 plus cards," said the committee.

"We know this will be a disappointment to you, as it will be to us, but we hope you understand.

"We thank you for your support in previous years and look forward to welcoming you all back for Scout Post 2021.

"In the meantime, from all the Scout Post Teams, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and above all, stay safe."