Caring girls help out flood victims

Gisburn girls cook pancakes. (s)
Gisburn girls cook pancakes. (s)
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Community spirited young girls from Clitheroe and Bowland District Girlguiding have completed a variety of challenges to support their neighbours in Whalley following the winter floods.

Immediately following the floods a decision was made to buy dehumidifiers, toasters and kettles and local units were challenged to fund-raise to cover these costs.

Some of the fundraising Brownies. (s)

Some of the fundraising Brownies. (s)

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members in Gisburn held a cake sale and raffle and raised £291.45, while St Michael and St John’s Brownies held a sponsored silence and raised £333.61.

Grindleton Brownies also held a sponsored silence which raised £113 and Waddington Brownies sold books, toys and cake raising £75. The 3rd Clitheroe (Trinity) Guides raised £41.50 and St James’ Rainbows made a donation of £20.

Ten-year-old Tabitha Garley said: “I feel glad that I am able to help because the money we raised will help people move back in to their homes again. I have a friend at school, who lives in Billington, and her house was flooded.”

Libby-Jane Leach (10), who took part in a sponsored silence, said: “It was hard to do because I’m not good at being silent. It was good to do to help people who were flooded like my uncle.”

The girls have more than covered the cost of the electrical items donated, so an additional donation will be made. Ribble Valley Girlguiding has also been selling a Pancake Challenge Badge to Girlguiding members nationwide. From the profits a grant has been made to a young flood victim member so she can continue with her Guiding activities.

Community action has always been an integral part of the Girlguiding programme, with members making a promise to serve their communities. The girls have been sent a thank you card by Whalley Lions for their efforts. Clitheroe and Bowland District Commissioner Justine Greenwood said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support from Clitheroe and Bowland Girlguiding. It really is wonderful that we can pull together to help those in times of need in whatever small way we can. Supporting our local community is fundamental to our Promise and to being a good Girl Guide.”

For more details about Girlguiding visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk.