Anne and Karen, as joint Chairs of Girlguiding Gloucestershire’s trustees, were privileged to attend a reception on Monday hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 60 years of £1 billion charitable giving by the Garfield Weston Foundation. They had selected 120 of the 44,000 charities they have supported over the 60 years to attend. We were there as we had received a grant for our recent refurbishment of the toilet and shower block at Deer Park. ( A big thank you to Helen Welsh for applying successfully for the grant for us.) We were very excited to find on arrival that we had been selected to speak to Prince Charles. He asked about our waiting lists and spoke about his setting up of Youth United – an initiative which is close to Karen’s heart as it was funding from Youth United which helped set up Cheltenham’s Saturday Rainbows.
Garfield Weston Foundation was set up by the Weston family 60 years ago when they decided to put 80% of their family’s company (United Biscuits) shares into the foundation. United Biscuits produce lots of well known brands from Twinings tea, to Jordans, to McVities and also own Fortnum and Masons. So next time you eat a McVities biscuit remember that some of the profit is going to charity!
Celebrations took place all over the county in units, Districts and Divisions. Here are just a few photos of what we've been up to.
Girlguiding Dursley District, Gloucestershire West Division, ran the local fireworks display again this year and with around 2000 people visiting the event they raised an astounding £7,000 for the local organisations involved an their chosen charity, the Gloucestershire Young Carers.
A huge congratulations to the whole of the Dursley Team and their fabulous volunteers for putting on such a great evening.
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