For the first time since lockdown in March, Binstead Guides met face to face at the beginning of November and there was a surprise in store for the unit leader.

Binstead Guides were very pleased to meet up again but sadly the face-to-face meeting was for 1 week only as a result of the second lockdown imposed on the country.

There was a great surprise for leader Julia Downer on the night though when one of the Guides, 11-year-old Florence Singer, presented her with a cheque to help the unit’s funds.

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Julia Downer said:

“One of the guides, Florence Singer, presented me with £103.90. Florence had raised this money during lockdown and wanted it to go to Binstead Guides.

“Florence took part in the 2.6 Challenge for the London Marathon, did a boxing activity and baked cupcakes. After her baking session she did a little write-up of what she was doing for Guide funds and then left the cupcakes on neighbours’ doorsteps asking them to donate if they wanted to. As a result, she raised £103.90.”

Across the Island, Girlguiding is continuing to welcome new members but currently without face to face meetings. Anyone wishing to join, either as a girl member or as a volunteer, can get details from https://www.girlguidingisleofwight.co.uk/.

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