Exotic trip for Girl Guides

TOP TRIP: Girl Guides Alice Townsend, Matilda Buss, Emily Ramsden and Charlotte Vause visited Mexico as part of a group project.
TOP TRIP: Girl Guides Alice Townsend, Matilda Buss, Emily Ramsden and Charlotte Vause visited Mexico as part of a group project.

A GROUP of Girl Guides trekked to Mexico to work with disadvantaged children.

Spen Guides Alice Townsend, Matilda Buss, Emily Ramsden and Charlotte Vause were chosen as part of a West Yorkshire group to fly out to Mexico, where they learned about how Girl Guiding operates there and worked with disadvantaged children in a community project.

The girls, who all raised the money themselves to fund the trip, stayed at a Girl Guiding centre in Cuernavaca where they met and worked with Guides from other countries including Tunisia and Canada.

Matilda said: “It was such a great opportunity and I have so many memories and experiences that will stay with me forever.”

Charlotte said: “Mexico is not somewhere I would have ever thought about visiting and it was amazing.”

Meanwhile, Spen Valley Guide leader Cathy Scott is encouraging adult volunteers to get involved in the movement by helping out in groups.

She said: “In the Spen Valley area there are already more than 20 units running amazing programmes but there lots of girls on the joining lists who want to take part and can’t, because of a shortage of adult leaders.

“There are a huge number of opportunities to get involved in addition to working directly with groups such as treasurers, occasional helpers, fundraisers and running activities. You do not have to be a leader to help out and join in the fun.”

Units currently run in Birkenshaw, East Bierley, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, Scholes, Liversedge, Roberttown and Hartshead.

Contact Cathy on 07956 665358 or email cathyscott1977@yahoo.co.uk.