Doncaster 55th Rainbows, Brownies and Guides recently came together to hold a FUNdraiser to raise money for local charities. The fundraising idea began after Laura, one of the group leaders also known as Eagle owl and Buttercup, shared that her husband had been diagnosed with Non – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Laura is a keen runner and initially decided to attempt to run 2023 miles during 2023 to raise money for the charities that would be supporting their family. But once the guiding units (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides) found this out, they decided that they wanted to help too.
After some thought the leaders and the girls decided that our based in Balby, Doncaster would be one of the charities to benefit from the fundraising efforts. Soon ideas were flowing on how money could be raised, but everyone agreed the main objective was to have a fun time while doing it. The FUNdraiser consisted of games and challenges including beat the goalie; beat Mr Brown Owl at table tennis; tin can alley and the like. The girls’ favourite by far, was sponge splat brownie, where wet sponges were thrown at the leaders!
The Leaders said: “The girls worked hard for a number of weeks preparing for the evening. They made bracelets and necklaces, taking beads home so that they could make more. They packaged sweets to sell and brought in bric-a-brac to sell. They also baked cakes and biscuits for the refreshment stand, we are so proud and happy to see that they truly engaged in making their FUNdraiser a success!
“When the evening of June 8 arrived, there was such a buzz of excitement, there were lots of people who came to support us and the girls all helped on the stalls and played all the games, which was so much fun, plus they ate all the cakes and bought from the stalls. When the final tally was counted, we were so excited to realise that the 55th Rainbows, Brownies and Guides had raised a staggering £612.00 to be split between two charities.”
Hospice fundraiser, Lindsey Richards said: “We’d like to say thank you to the Doncaster 55th Rainbows, Brownies and Guides for the effort they put in to raising some money for the hospice. Thank you for thinking of us and choosing to donate.”
St John’s Hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH).