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2 retired members of Girlguiding IW recently took a helicopter flight from Sandown Airport, which was gifted to them on their retirement.

Shirley Saunders and Lesley Clifford had been the joint Island Commissioners of Girlguiding and after 5 years of volunteering, retired from their posts in March.

At a presentation to them in February, the duo were given a number of gifts by the members of Girlguiding IW which included the helicopter flight tickets and vouchers for a special meal.

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In way of a thank you for their 5 years of leadership, the 1,000 members of Girlguiding on the Island had donated to a collection organised by Carol Firth – one of the Island’s Rainbow Leaders.

Having looked after the needs of the membership across the Island it was felt appropriate that a flight over the Isle of Wight would be a suitable gift and this proved a great surprise for Shirley and Lesley.

However, since February, because of the pandemic, the flight could not be arranged. However, with an easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, flights are once again taking off from Sandown Airport.

Their special flight took in Ryde, Cowes and the Bay Area.

Shirley said:

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“Views of the Island were really fascinating and I was particularly pleased to see the Urban Saints area, just outside Ryde which was the site of our all Island Camp in 2019 when hundreds of our members camped together for an exciting and  fun weekend.”

As well as the flight, Shirley and Lesley enjoyed a meal at Merrie Gardens.

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Glad they enjoyed such. Just in time, before Ryde is built to destruction.

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