Girlguiding members from across the North West have taken part in lots of different heart-warming initiatives to support their local community, and others during the festive period.
5th Bromborough Brownies
5th Bromborough Brownies from Wirral County have spread the Christmas cheer at their local home for the elderly.
The girls packaged and put together 20 Christmas hampers filled with different treats and hand-delivered the presents to the residents earlier in the month whilst singing Christmas carols.
Olivia Stewart, a Brownie aged 8, said: “It’s nice to give to people who you don’t know, it shows you care about the community and it was great to see them all smiling.”
1st Croft Guides
1st Croft Guides from Cheshire Forest County have gone above and beyond this Christmas, by supporting those who had found themselves sleeping rough in the Manchester area. The girls put together 16 shoeboxes filled with practical items such as clothing and toiletry items, to support those in need.
Ruby Marshall, a Guide aged 10, said: “I really enjoyed making up the boxes, helping others is really important.”
Jen Lyons, Leader at 1st Croft Guides, said: “I’m really proud of the girls. As part of Parliament Week we challenged the girls to write a letter to parliament about an issue they cared about. Many of the girls highlighted homelessness as a topic they feel passionately about, and from this they decided to do their bit and take part in this initiative. I was really impressed by their willingness to help others in need.”
As part of their annual carol service, Amounderness District from Lancashire West County collected toiletries and care items to donate to different Women's Refuge centres. Over 20 units donated the items which were delivered to women and children affected by domestic violence by the Women's Aid organisation.
Corrine Craig, aged 10, a member at 2nd Cleveleys Guides, said: “I love guiding, I am part of a group who care a lot about others. We hope our collection helps people and we hope they have a happy Christmas!”
Helen Miller, Commissioner for Lancashire West County, said: “I’m very proud of all of our members and girls who have gone above and beyond to donate essential items for the Women’s Aid in our local area. It's great to see the girls making a positive difference to our community.”
1st Ellenbrook Brownies
1st Ellenbrook Brownies from Greater Manchester West County celebrated the festive season by spreading joy and Christmas cheer at Salford Royal Hospital.
The girls lifted patients spirits by singing carols around the wards.
Kate Birch, aged 7, said: "It was lovey seeing the poorly people in hospital smiling and joining in. I hope it made them feel better”
Chris Mazeika-Rimmer, Leader at 1st Ellenbrook Brownies, said: "After 11 years as a leader in Girlguiding, my leadership team and I all agreed that carol singing at Salford Royal was the best thing we had ever done as a unit. It was humbling to see the effect a group of Brownies could have on patients and staff alike. The girls were respectful of the environment as there were many poorly people on the ward. They sang clearly but quietly, and tears were shed by many."
2nd Ansdell Rainbows, Brownies and Guides
Girls from 2nd Ansdell Rainbows, Brownies and Guides supported two amazing social action projects this festive season. The girls donated small gifts for local disadvantaged children, to make sure they have a present to open on Christmas morning, through an initiative set up by their local Rotary Club. The girls also supported their local church by helping to pack 550 shoeboxes which were sent off to Sierra Leone.
Chloe Copeland, aged 5, said: "I liked giving some toys for children and babies to make them feel smiley on Christmas Day. Giving them toys made me feel smiley too and I am going to think about them on Christmas morning and wonder if they like them a lot."
Jill Rutter, Leader at 2nd Ansdell Rainbows, said: "I am so proud of all our girls and appreciate the support from parents. I think it is important for them to learn about generosity and appreciate what they have."