Rainbows rewarded for cracking fundraising

November 28 2018

A GROUP of Rainbows had the opportunity to get up close to Emersons Green’s own Gromit Unleashed 2 sculpture after they raised funds for the Grand Appeal.

The 6th Kingswood (Emersons Green) Rainbows unit meet at Emersons Green Village Hall on Thursday evenings. The 18 girls, aged between five and seven, have recently been working towards a special ‘Gromit Unleashed 2’ Challenge Badge, which has been developed in partnership between the Grand Appeal, Aardman Animations and Girlguiding.

Their challenges included organising a space-themed evening, producing Banksy-style artwork, having a go at shaving foam printing, making a short animated film using toys and making cheesy snacks.

The group also held a charity bake sale in October, raising £176 for the charity, which supports Bristol Children’s Hospital. As well as selling home-baked cakes and hot drinks, the girls also wore ‘wrong trousers’ during the evening and used Smartie tubes full of coins to make a picture of Wallace and Gromit villain Feathers McGraw.

And after seeing the bake sale advertised, Emersons Green resident Alan Griffiths who bought one of the Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures at auction invited the girls to visit.

The rainbows handed over the money raised for the Grand Appeal to Sister Fern Jameson from Bristol Children’s Hospital’s Lighthouse ward, in front of the sculpture, Gnome Sweet Gnome, on November 15.

Unit leader Lindsey Naldrett aid: “The Rainbows had a wonderful time baking and selling their cakes in support of the Grand Appeal. It was the culmination of the term’s work towards the Gromit Unleashed 2 Challenge badge, written by South West Guiding and Scouting, and was great fun to do.

“The Rainbows wear their super, colourful badges with pride. Our fantastic total raised is due to our amazingly supportive families; I can’t thank them enough. Not forgetting, of course, the enthusiasm and commitment from our fabulous leaders.”

The 6th Kingswood Rainbows meet on Thursdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. For more information about joining the group or volunteering as a leader, visit the Girlguiding website at www.girlguiding.org.uk/