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4th Lenzie Brownies raise £1500 whilst completing Charity Badge

Two Brownies from 4th Lenzie, Emma (8) and Gabriella (9) who were both inspired by people close to them decided they wanted to raise money for different Cancer Charities as part of their Charities badge and were the first two girls in the unit to complete badges from the new programme.

Over several months, Emma and Gabriella have managed to raise a grand total of £1570 between them whilst completing their Charity Badge.   Emma was keen to support the local Marie Curie hospice after a family friend had to be admitted and Gabriella wanted to support Cancer Research after her Nonna passed away from cancer five years ago.

Family friend, Leigh Fraser said: “Emma started to take an interest in fundraising when my dad Brian Fraser (66) was admitted to Marie Curie in March.

“He was only in there for six days before he passed away on March 19 this year, but Emma knew all about the oxygen machine he needed to move there from hospital and how much it cost. It was a new machine and the only one they had, my dad was the first patient to use it.

“This encouraged Emma to start fundraising to provide vital funding to allow people to have a comfortable place for their last days together”.

The girls each raised funds from a variety of activities, Emma began with a bake sale at Brownies, then the 5k race for life, followed by organising a fun family BBQ day at Lenzie Golf Club and raised a whopping £840. A special thank you to Lenzie golf club captain Paul Graham and donations from friends and family.

Gabriella meanwhile had been training since January; when she decided to complete her swimathon – the most she had swam was 30 lengths.  On the weekend of her 9th birthday Gabriella raised £730 in memory of her Nonna by swimming 60 lengths in 49 minutes.

A massive congratulations to both girls – what an achievement!