Hartlepool Brownies have hundreds of reasons to be happy

CHARITY CHAMPS: Members of the Brownies with Brown Owl Denise Williams.

CHARITY CHAMPS: Members of the Brownies with Brown Owl Denise Williams.

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A BROWNIES group has hundreds of reasons to be proud of themselves after working hard for charity.

The 22nd Hartlepool Brownies have been completing a charity challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of the children’s movement.

Brownies who meet at St James' Church on Rossmere Way are celebrating after raising �400 for charities. Through events like skipathons and toy sales. Pictured with the Brownies are Brown Owl Denise Williams (left) and Tawny Owl Andrea Swift.

Brownies who meet at St James' Church on Rossmere Way are celebrating after raising �400 for charities. Through events like skipathons and toy sales. Pictured with the Brownies are Brown Owl Denise Williams (left) and Tawny Owl Andrea Swift.

The unit, which meets at St James Church, in Rossmere Way, once a week, is made up of four groups of six, each named Pixies, Gnomes, Elves and Imps.

The groups each took up the challenge to raise £100 for a good cause of their choice.

The Pixies six organised and took part in a bingo and tombola night and raised £100 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The Gnomes raised £100 for Cancer Research UK by holding a toy and book sale.

The Elves six organised a cake stall and tombola, raising £100 for the British Heart Foundation.

And the Imps raised £100 for the Great North Air Ambulance by taking part in a sponsored skip.

Andrea Swift, the group’s Tawny Owl, said: “We are delighted by the efforts of our Brownies and proud that they have chosen such worthwhile charities to support.” The youngsters will be honoured for their efforts during a short service of celebration on Tuesday at 7pm at the church.

The group is made up of seven to 10-year-olds and has been running for over 50 years.

As part of the Brownies’ centenary year the unit has taken part in other events including a trip to the cinema and a mass conga along Seaton sea front with all 120 town Brownies.

New members and adult leaders are welcome. To find out how to join, email andreaswift33@yahoo.co.uk or call Andrea on 07780796786.