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Twenty-one reasons to donate to the Jubilee Fund
12:20pm Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Jubilee Fund
IF YOU are still looking for a reason to donate to the Jubilee Fund for Oxfordshire, Gaynor Pollard can give you 21.
Mrs Pollard is Brown Owl of the 7th Headington Brownies and has one wish for her little charges — for them to enjoy a fun-packed trip together.
But many of their families cannot afford it.
She said: “We lost our base two years ago when Wood Farm Community Centre was knocked down and since then we have had a temporary base at the primary school.
“Brownie packs have come and gone over the years here but while the 7th Headington Brownies have only been going for four years, we have grown, we now have 21 members and we are thriving.
“I’m so proud of these little girls. They are from all walks of life, but they are totally committed to each other regardless.
“Many are from families who are not in a position to afford things like trips and holidays, so it is my dearest wish to be able to take them on a short trip together — the look on their faces would be amazing.”
Mrs Pollard hopes the 7th Headington Brownie Pack will be one of the beneficiaries of the Jubilee Fund for Oxfordshire.
Launched in January by the Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), everyone is being invited to raise money for or donate to the Fund, which will be used to give grants to hundreds of small, struggling community groups and projects across the county.
The Jubilee Fund for Oxfordshire, which was launched to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, is being backed by The Oxford Times.
OCF chief executive, Jayne Woodley said: “The Brownies offers girls a real opportunity to develop their potential; physically, mentally and spiritually, so they can make a positive contribution to their community.
“Being a Brownie means working as a team and making a firm promise to help other people.
“This, like the Jubilee Fund, is a great example of the Queen’s own wish for neighbourliness, and we hope that the Brownies will be able to continue to help girls become great role models for many years to come.”
To donate to the Jubilee Fund or to volunteer to fundraise email email@example.com, call 01865 798666, or drop into OCF’s offices at 3 Woodins Way, Oxford.
Alternatively, donate by phone by texting JBLE 12 to 70070 with a donation.