This year the Pitlochry Girlguides are supporting each other through lockdown, and children in need without adding any extra pressure to parents facing financial pressure.
Pitlochry’s local Guide Group decided that, since their Unit Guide Leader works in the NHS, they wouldn’t meet over zoom until after the holidays. Although they kept in touch and by sharing upcoming online Girl Guide events.
‘In Pitlochry, Girlguiding has always had a presence’ says Caitlin Charlton, the Unit Leader Guide, for her it has been important for the girls ‘for their own mental health and well being and as well as for ourselves as leaders.’
So this year, as part of the ‘Act Your Age’ fundrasier ran by the Girl Guides, Pitlochry’s team are going to do an activity which reflects the age of everyone in the Guides.
Act Your Age is asking member to ‘take your age and do something good with it’ by expressing a skill done by anyone of any age.
‘Whether that’s an eight-year-old doing eight minutes of skipping, or a unit that’s 13 years old taking on a virtual half marathon’ says the Guides.
Mrs Charlton said: “So we challenged three of the guides to add up our cumulative age, so we asked the girls to add up the ages and worked out that our cumulative in the group is 248.
“So the next part of the last night’s meeting was how we can engage with the children in need Act Your Age challenge using the number 248.”
The girls in the group came up with some suggestions, one was to do 248 star jumps but Mrs Charlton said, ‘which as the leader I wasn’t overly keen to do.’
Other ideas included going out for walks but the group agreed to challenge themselves to come up with a total of 248 pictures which they’ve drawn.
Looking at how the team could raise funds with their idea, Mrs Charlton didn’t want to add any extra ‘financial pressure’ to parents.
She explained: “We’re not all in a very fortunate position, some parents will be furloughed, etcetera, so I feel as the guide leader that we don’t add any financial pressure onto the parents.
“So as a unit, obviously we have some funds, so I will make a donation on behalf of the unit towards children in need.”
Now, the local guides are hoping to meet up in person for the first time since the lockdown with some outdoor cooking, outdoor carol singing for the residents of Balhousie care home and Pitlochry’s Community Hospital.
“Normally we go inside and sing some carols there as well, but normally we go inside every year and sing there. So this year it will be a little bit different outside.” Said Mrs Charlton.
And to finish the year off, the group have tickets for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s magic of Christmas performance too.
While the local group are raising their own funds, they are still encouraging people to help out by contributing to the main crowdfunder page.
A link to that page can be found from the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/cingirlguiding2020
And more information on the Guides in Highland Perthshire can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/girlguidingperthandkinross
Information about singing up to the group can be found following: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter/