19 May 2016

Girlguiding members from across the Midlands have decided to take action for a cause they care about by fundraising for Water Aid.

Thousands of girls, aged 5 and upwards,  from across the Region chose to support Water Aid as part of an innovative badge from Girlguiding Midlands and Severn Trent Water.

As part of the challenge the girls took part in a variety of activities to learn about waste water, as well as raising funds for Water Aid - the international charity  dedicated to improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

The Peaks and Dales group raised funds at the Buxton Spring Fair by running activities from the challenge including mixing up a batch of “sewage soup” and carrying a 10-litre bucket of water to understand the situation facing children in developing countries. Their fundraising efforts contributed to a donation from Girlguiding Midlands to Water Aid of almost £16,000, which was presented to Severn Trent at the Fair.

Area Commissioner Kathy Wildgoose said “The girls really enjoyed taking part in the activities and learning how to cut their water waste and the impact in on the environment. They were passionate about raising money for those without access to clean water, and it’s brilliant to be able to support them to do this through guiding.”

Kathryn Thompson, Community & Volunteering assistant at Severn Trent said “We’re amazed by the effort that the girls have shown and have been overwhelmed by the amount of money raised for WaterAid. The donation from Girlguiding Midlands will have such a huge impact towards the aim of getting everyone, everywhere access to clean water by 2030, as well as providing a fun and educational activity for the girls.”