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Guiding hands needed to offer lifeline to unit

Five girls who have attended the 16th Dunstable Guides unit have each earned the prestigious Baden-Powell Challenge Award

Five girls who have attended the 16th Dunstable Guides unit have each earned the prestigious Baden-Powell Challenge Award

An urgent appeal is being made for volunteers to come forward to save a popular Guide unit in Dunstable, which is facing closure.

The 16th Dunstable Guides unit could close in July unless the unit can find at least one adult volunteer to become a permanent helper.

Guider Heather Stillie, who has been with the unit for 21 years, said: “It just seems such a shame that for the sake of having another adult, we might not be able to stay open.”

Now she hopes her plea will be answered. Volunteers do not need a Guiding background, as training is given.

Parents have been lending a hand, but Heather really needs one or more permanent helpers, aged 18-65.

Fears for the future come at a time for celebrations, after five girls who attended the unit received the highest Guiding accolade – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award. The awards went to Melissa Newman, Sasha Fenwick, Danielle Barden, and Georgia Alligan, all 14, and Jenna Sage, 13.

Activities included spending at least 12 months on 10 projects, on a range of topics.

Heather said: “As their leader, I feel very proud of all of the girls. They have shown great dedication to achieve the highest award that a Guide is able to get. It was all completed at home in their own time.

“Lots of people have a negative attitude towards the youth of today. These girls only go to prove that lots of teenagers are hard-working and dedicated, attributes that will stand them in good stead for the future.”

> The unit meets every term-time Tuesday, 7.15pm-9pm, at St Katherine’s Church Hall, Katherine Drive.

If you can help, email cleverheather1@hotmail.com

 

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