In recognition of their fabulous fundraising efforts, we invited 25 Girl Guides from Girlguiding Cardiff and East Glamorgan to Tŷ Hafan last week for a special presentation event.
The girls gathered at the hospice on 5 July, and our Director of Income Generation, Claire Cooper, presented them with a special handcrafted, inscribed apple that will now hang on our gift tree – a special commemorative sculpture located at the hospice that honours donors who have raised more than £10,000 for us.
The Guides were a very important part of our hugely successful fundraising campaign - Snowdogs: Tails in Wales, which took place at the end of last year. Girlguiding Cardiff and East Glamorgan took part in the learning programme, an integral part of the campaign open to schools, education and training providers and community groups across South Wales. Girlguiding Cardiff and East Glamorgan developed a special Snowdogs Challenge Badge which called for the girls to complete five challenges, one of them involving fundraising.
Exceeding all expectations, 2,000 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders earned the badge, and managed to raise well over £11,000 for Tŷ Hafan.
The Guides also designed and painted two of their own ‘Snowpups’ to add to the public art train which took over the streets of Cardiff and the Vale for ten weeks last autumn.
During the presentation evening, three of the Guides - Lauren, Mali and Nia - told us:
“We spent many weeks in Mali’s garage spray painting the dog. We planned it carefully and completed the masterpiece. This involved getting into silly white suits (great style!). We loved the experience of learning how to spray paint. It was very memorable. To see the outcome and the money raised for Tŷ Hafan makes us happy. Thanks for the experience and we would love to help your charity again”.
District Commissioner Siobhan Saunders, Leader of the 94th Penarth Guides, said: “Tonight was the conclusion of the past 18 months, taking part in Snowdogs: Tails in Wales. I’m so proud of our three Girlguiding Snowpups and the girls taking the time to design and paint them. The Challenge badge to raise in excess of £11,000 has exceeded all our expectations.
And Claire Cooper added: “We are hugely grateful to the Guides who raised a fantastic amount of money for us. Thanks to their fundraising and support, we can continue to offer care and comfort to children with life-limiting conditions and their families, helping them to make the most of the time they have together”.