BBC Children in Need and Girlguiding have come together to celebrate Pudsey’s 40th year. Girlguiding are challenging their Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and volunteers to take their age, the age of their Unit, or the collective age of their family, and turn it into a fundraiser.
The Act Your Age campaign is designed to be flexible so that girls can take part whether they are meeting online, in person, or even if they are not currently meeting at this time. A Unit can be set a challenge as part of a Unit meeting, or they can be supported to take on a fundraising challenge at home. A six year old Rainbow could bake six cakes, or a Unit that’s 13 years old could run a virtual half-marathon. It could be the distance you cover, the duration of a particular challenge, or the number of things you do – whatever it is, you’ll be helping to make a difference to young lives across the UK. And of course, there is a great badge which you can buy for £1.50 from Girlguiding’s online shop which represents both organisations and their mission and commitment to helping children and young people in the UK.
The fundraising period runs from 19th October to 13th November – Children in Need’s big night. All the money raised through fundraising should be paid to Children in Need via their JustGiving page, and half of this will be returned to Girlguiding. They will use 25% to support national Guiding projects, with the other 25% going back into local Guiding in the form of grant aid for units in areas of deprivation or that are experiencing hardship. Girlguiding have secured external funding to support these grants and more information on how to apply will be released by Girlguiding before the end of the year.
Coronavirus has put many charities, including Girlguiding, in a challenging financial position. By fundraising through this campaign you will be supporting Girlguiding at a national level, as well as helping to support Units – meaning more will be able to stay open and more girls will be able to continue enjoying the amazing opportunities Guiding has to offer.
However you feel able to give your support, whether by taking on a challenge or buying a Pudsey badge, you will be helping to make a difference to young people across the UK. Further details can be found on the Girlguiding Website – click here.