Local Rainbows group to take part in 'Help-a-Thon' for Children in Need

By Jessica Durston - 8 November 2022

  • An image of the Children in Need badge for 2022

    An image of the Children in Need badge for 2022

The members and leaders of 1st Freshbrook Rainbows will be completing 14 random acts of kindness and helpful deeds across 14 days to raise funds for Children in Need.

Girlguiding UK has partnered with BBC Children in Need for over two years, raising £550,000 across this time.

Having seen the great efforts and success of last year's fundraising efforts for Children in Need, 1st Freshbrook Rainbows said they felt inspired to take part, and this year will be completing their very own ‘Help-a-Thon’.

All the girls and volunteer leaders will keep a record of the 14 good deeds or acts of kindness they complete throughout the first two weeks of November, and will get sponsored by friends, family and the community.

The Rainbows unit says it hopes to raise lots of money for Children in Need and will be holding a celebratory teddy bears picnic at one of their unit meetings at the end of the month.

Back in August 2021, 1st Freshbrook Rainbows nearly closed, due to the then leaders stepping down - but local residents Katie Howard and Charlotte Butler, stepped up to run the group.

At the time, there were just five girls in the unit, ranging from 4-7 years of age, but the group soon expanded and there are now 15 young girls, alongside four regular volunteer leaders.

1st Freshbrook Rainbows is part of the Girlguiding Mannington District, which includes Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers, all part of Girlguiding UK - the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.

Girlguiding aims to offer girls and women of all ages the opportunity for adventure and friendship, to empower them and give them space to grow through continual support and encouragement.

A spokesperson from the Freshbrook unit said: "We would love some new volunteers to join us to help support our young girls, if you like to get involved in Girlguiding UK, either as a volunteer leader or would like to join a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger unit, please contact Nicky Howard on [email protected]."

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