2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies: GWAAC Challenge!

It was lovely to be invited along to 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke to hear about all the different activities they had been up to in order to gain their Great Western Ambulance Challenge Badge and also raise some much needed funds for the GWAAC as well.

The brownies couldn’t wait to tell me some of the things they had been busy doing all term and how this fitted in with their Challenge Badge:

Section 1: Aviation“We made some helicopers and also a helicopter badge”; “We made aeroplanes out of lollipop sticks and flew them outside” 

Section 2: Medical “We learned how to put people in the recovery position”; “We learned about first aid, what DR-ABC means and also how to call 999”; “We learned about looking for dangers”

Section 3: Charity“We sewed felt hats for Charlie” – One of the given ideas was to buy a Charlie bear and then make different hats for him to wear!  Another idea was to contact your local community magazine and get them to include an article to raise awareness – (hmmm I guess I see where I fit in now!!)

Section 4: The Five Counties – learn about your area – “We learned about some famous people who have lived near us – J K Rowling, Banksy, Nick Park, Isombard Kingdom Brunel”

Section 5: Our Crew – Taking critical care of Charlie.  Brownies took it in turns to take home mini “Charlie Bear” and write up their adventures in a group diary (whist making sure he made use of his assortment of hats of course).

Section 6: Fundraising – Collectively the brownies managed to raise a fantastic amount for GWAAC!  

As can be seen in the photo above, each brownie covered a picture of the rescue helicopter with 20p coins, with individual brownies going above and beyond with some of their efforts.  

Megan held a cake sale at Bradley Stoke Community School, raising nearly £50 with help from mum who baked the cakes and dad who helped her with selling them – they did really well “even in the rain” Megan told me!  Ellie raised £15 by making and selling loom band bracelets on a stall outside her house, helped by her friend Ollie and younger sister Pippa.  

At the final tally, the brownies collectively raised a whopping £185!!  

As this is a cause close to our hearts, Bradley Stoke Matters was pleased to add to this amount by rounding up the total fundraising to £250!

A cheque was handed over to the GWAAC at the end of November, when representatives from GWAAC came along to speak to the brownies. (Brownies pictured right with Richard from GWAAC).

‘We’re so amazingly grateful to the 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies who’ve done such a good job on our GWAAC Girlguiding Challenge Badge. They’ve been busy making edible helicopters, learning first aid, researching what it takes to become one of our critical care crew, and, crucially, they’ve fundraised an extraordinary amount of money for their local air ambulance! A massive thank you to this amazing group of life-savers’  Joe Hughes, Community fundraising coordinator

Well done everyone, I think you definitely earned your Challenge badge!

This article is shared online from our Dec/Jan/Feb editions

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