Roydon’s Girl Guides have secretly been raising money to fund their new senior unit for girls aged 14-25.
Claire Lister, an adult volunteer for the Roydon Girlguiding unit, decided to open a new Senior Section unit for the girls once they reached the age of 14.
However given that Girlguiding is a charity, the money available for start up units is limited.
After witnessing Claire’s efforts to raise money for the group, six of the girls involved in the new unit set out to raise funds without her knowing.
The girls from Diss High School contacted their head teacher, Dr Hunt, and arranged for fundraising events to be held at the school, without Claire knowing.
The girls wanted to promote Girlguiding as well as relieve some of Claire’s financial burden.
Dr Hunt was so impressed with the girls initiative to raise money by themselves and, their enthusiasm for fundraising that she promised to match the girls total if they raised £50.
After setting up their first few cake sales the girls only reached £48.
But they persevered and eventually made a total of almost £70.
Dr Hunt not only matched the amount the girls raised, she also supplemented their total with an extra £100.
Emily Pilsbury-Gaunt, assistant guide leader, told the Diss Express: “I was so proud of their achievements and the way that all six 14-year-old girls, took it upon themselves to do something about their situation.
“That is what girlguiding is all about.”