£125 for GB’s 125 challenge – a round-up


Girls’ Brigade community groups raised more than £4,350 for GB last year by participating in the £125 challenge.

1st Portmouth n:spire members smiling at cameraGirls’ Brigade community groups raised more than £4,350 for GB last year by participating in the £125 challenge.

We challenged groups to each raise £125 in 2019 to mark GB’s 125th birthday year in 2018, and groups got fundraising in a variety of ways.

One GB group who raised £125 proved that a small number of members wasn’t a barrier when it came to fundraising. 1st Portsmouth has around 4 girls and young women, two pictured, but still successfully completed the £125 challenge. Check out their inspirational story below…

Team Leader Donna Crighton says ‘We’re currently a very small group. Our girls have been instrumental in our “extra” activities over the past year: coming up with ideas and new ways of doing things, and then helping to turn those ideas into reality.

‘When we gave them the task of coming up with fundraising ideas they came up with the idea of a games evening. It was open to all, with activities for all ages. The girls produced the advertising poster, devised a quiz, and generally planned the evening, with our help. People paid £1 to come and then we invited further donations. Around half of our fundraising was done in this one evening.

‘We then had a stall at the church’s autumn fayre. This was made up of bric-a-brac that we all donated and also the girls had spent an evening making good quality Christmas cards. We had decided to make fewer items but of a higher quality, that people wouldn’t mind paying for and that were still cheaper than individual cards in the shops.

‘Our final event was our annual coffee and carols evening – an interactive, informal carol service on our group evening. Again, the girls planned this and presented a pre-recorded retelling of the nativity using finger puppets, which they made. The event was free but we invited donations for refreshments.

‘We were pleasantly surprised that we were able to raise such an amount with so few members, with relatively little effort. The games evening planning and coffee and carols nativity even counted as n:spire badges. We’ll certainly be involving our girls further over the next year, including in some recruitment activities!’

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