A Cheadle Girl Guide has been chosen as one of 20 from across the county to visit Iceland next year. Poppy Steele, aged 13, is a member of 1st Cheadle Guides and has launched a fund-raising appeal to help her take part in the trip next summer.
A Cheadle Girl Guide has been chosen as one of 20 from across the county to visit Iceland next year.
Poppy Steele, aged 13, is a member of 1st Cheadle Guides and has launched a fund-raising appeal to help her take part in the trip next summer.
A student at Painsley Catholic College, Poppy has already organised a table top sale to kick-start her fund-raising efforts.
As one of 20 Girl Guides and Rangers chosen to take part in the Staffordshire Girl Guiding County International trip to Iceland in August 2023, she will need to raise £2,000 to secure her place.
Poppy said: “The selection process was lengthy, and involved a letter of application and interview, then for selected girls an assessment day with assessed activities and yet more interviews, along with positive references from school, and local guide leaders.
“First Cheadle guides have done well in the process, as along with myself, one of the Cheadle Rangers has been selected.
“This is a bonus for me as I will be going with someone I already know, as well as all the new friends I am making from the other Staffordshire girl guide sections.
“We had our first ‘get-together’ meeting recently where all the lucky girls got together to plan our trip and share ideas for fundraising.
“I have already made some new friends and am looking forward to other get-togethers soon.”
The Guides will be camping at the International Scout Centre in Iceland for a week and taking part in a programme of events and activities such as glacier hiking, mountain hikes including bathing in a hot spring, a tour of the Golden Circle and a tour of Reykjavik including whale watching.
Poppy added: “One of the days will be reserved for volunteering around the site where we are staying, to help maintain it in good condition for other users – this may involve activities such as litter picking, weeding or other jobs as needed.
“Each Guide has to raise the £2,000 to fund their place, and we have begun this with a table top sale at Christ Church Village Hall in Tean on Saturday, May 14, and have many other events planned over the coming 12 months to raise the money.
“However, I am looking for any generous local businesses or charities that may be available to offer me a small grant towards this total.
“I would be happy to go and speak about my experiences after the visit as a thank you to any supporters.”
Some tables at the sale on Saturday, May 14 are still available at £10 to book, contact Sue on 01538 723474.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Poppy can do so by going online to:www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/GGStaffordshireIceland2023.
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