Once in a lifetime trips for Girl Guides

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FIVE members of 4th Goring Guides have been selected to go on international trips by Girl Guiding UK.

Sisters Hannah and Megan McCreedy, Alessia Murdem, Caroline Etchells and Niamh Heagsman each attended selection camps and now face the task of months of fundraising to meet the criteria.

Megan, 14 and Alessia, 13, will travel to Japan in two years time while Caroline, 14, has been selected to go to Uganda and Niamh will go to Sri Lanka.

Megan, 18, who is a young leader, will go to Kenya.

Alessai, who attends Chatsmore Catholic High School, said: “You have to go to selection events which as overnight and you spend the time doing a range of activities and team working exercises.

“Then you get a letter or email telling you that 
you have been successful, which we got a couple of weeks ago.

“The trip will be for ten days with the scouts. It is a great opportunity.”

Niamh, 14, who attends Durrington High School, said: “I felt so excited when I found out that I had been selected because I did not think that I was going to get chosen.

“There were a lot of people there and they split us into groups. Then we were all taken into separate rooms which was a bit like the X Factor.

“First we were told that we were going to Bognor Regis then the woman said only joking, it is Sri Lanka.

“It was a bit shock but I was so happy.

“I love guiding because it is challenging but in a good way.

“It is never boring and you do not have to do things that people think you do like sewing.

“Instead, it throws stuff at you that means you have to challenge yourself and it is a great way to meet new people.”

Caroline, who attends Davison High School, added: “Because it is all girls guiding means that you can always be yourself, you do not have to put on an act.

“A lot of my friends are not in the guides but I like having something different.”

Megan,who also attends Davison, said she was looking forward to the cultural exchange that a trip to Japan would offer.

“We are going as part of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree so there will be people there from all over the world,” she said.

“There will be quite a lot of activities on offer and we will be meeting lots of new people and learning about their cultures.

“We each have to raise a certain amount of money to be able to go on the trips so have been organising Christmas fairs and raffles, but we do not mind because these trips are things that you just would not get the chance to do otherwise.”

To sponsor the girls or to get involved in fundraising, call guide leader Heather Fox on 01903 248597.