29 04 21 | Community

Girlguides step out for joint birthday celebrations with St Ann’s

Girlguides step out for joint birthday celebrations with St Ann’s

Girlguiding Stockport is also sponsoring their own frog on Stockport’s Gigantic Frog Art Trail, organised by the team here at Totally Stockport.

St Ann’s Hospice is not the only organisation celebrating a 50th birthday this year – so too is Girlguiding in the north west!

Several Girlguiding leaders from Stockport will mark the joint anniversaries by completing next month’s Manchester Virtual Walk, organised by the hospice.

The 10km event recognising St Ann’s special milestone can be completed where, when and how participants like. It does not even have to be over the charity’s birthday weekend (May 14-17).

To enter visit www.mmwalk.org.uk, or call St Ann’s on 0161 498 3631.

Meanwhile, rainbows, brownies, guides, rangers, leaders and trefoil guild members are holding various celebration events to mark a half century of Girlguiding regionally.

Its Stockport county has been around for 47 years and is thriving with around 2,000 members and 600 leaders.

Stockport County Commissioner Tracey Johnson said:

“We’re still a strong organisation, though numbers have dropped slightly because of changes to meetings since the Covid guidelines have meant we’ve been unable to meet face-to-face for the past year.

“We’ve got very healthy waiting lists across all sections and I’m sure numbers will jump back up once Covid restrictions are eased further.

“Part of our 50th anniversary badge is to collaborate with another charity as old as ours, so St Ann’s was our obvious choice.

“Quite a lot of our members have had family treated there. It’s a charity that perhaps you don’t fully appreciate what it provides until you need to use it.

“The hospice has touched the lives of many Girlguiding members over the years and we’ve also had leaders who’ve spent their final days there.”

Girlguiding Stockport is also sponsoring their own frog on Stockport’s Gigantic Frog Art Trail, organised by Totally Stockport, Stockport’s Business Improvement District that works to support town centre businesses and attract more visitors. Totally Stockport has chosen St Ann’s as its charity to benefit from the proceeds of the trail. Stockport Council are also supporting the main town centre trail with frogs located in Stockport’s district centres.

Image: Girlguiding groups join Mr Motivator at a previous Manchester Midnight Walk organised by St Ann’s Hospice.

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