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Youngsters take part in charity appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 07:44 01 August 2010

MEMBERS of Beccles District Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are getting ready to take part in the Radio Broadland 'Load the Lorry' Appeal 2008 to send shoeboxes of treats to Romanian children in time for Christmas.

MEMBERS of Beccles District Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are getting ready to take part in the Radio Broadland 'Load the Lorry' Appeal 2008 to send shoeboxes of treats to Romanian children in time for Christmas.

Last year 1st Beccles Brownies made 102 shoeboxes, more than doubling the previous year's total. This year's event has again been co-ordinated by Caroline Carvosso, Brown Owl of 1st Beccles Brownies.

“This time we have invited all of our district to join in. Part of our Guiding Promise is to help other people, and this way every member from a five-year-old Rainbow up to our Friends of Guiding can join in and do their own little bit. The girls take a huge amount of pride and thought about what they pick for each child's box. By doing it this way and pooling our donations we can make more boxes but individual families don't have to spend a large amount of money on buying everything for just one box, unless they want too. In Beccles we have around 250 members so just a few things from everyone and our friends, family and work colleagues will be pooled together and shared. It makes a huge difference.”

The girls and their leaders are now collecting a pool of things to go into the shoeboxes, and making Christmas cards with a Romanian message written inside for each box before they are wrapped and labelled. The boxes will then be delivered to one of the main collection points at Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Fritton.

“On behalf of our District we would like to invite any local business or member of the public who would like to donate any items (from the list below) to our appeal or to anyone who would like to make up their own special box for a child to come and join us at anytime from 9am - 1pm on Saturday, November 8 at the Guide Hall on Common Lane in Beccles,” Mrs Carvosso said. Goods should be delivered via members in advance or between 8-9am on the day.

Baby items needed include wipes, nappies, bottles, tinned food, bibs, grows, toys, creams/lotions, hats, cardigans, blankets, shampoo, toothpaste with a toothbrush, sponge/face cloth, bars of soap, comb/hairbrush, and hair accessories. Toys can include small teddies, balls, bubbles, skipping ropes, play dough, balloons, marbles, yoyo's, whistles, toy cars, dolls, picture books, and jigsaws.

Pencils with a rubber and sharpener, paper or exercise books/notepads, wax crayons, pens, felt pens, colouring in books, sticker books, and craft items are also welcome, and clothes for all ages should be new or in good condition.

For teenagers, make up, costume jewellery, shower gel, shaving foam, disposable razors and deodorant could be included.

Food such as wrapped sweets, and packet food - soups, ring pull tins, porridge oats, cereal bars, small packets of dried fruit, small and multipack cereals are alright, as are Christmas decorations, and games.

Not allowed are very expensive items, anything requiring batteries, a liquid that could leak, perishable foods, glass jars or anything that could break in transit or sharp objects eg scissors.

For more information, or if you would like items collected before Friday, November 7, contact Caroline Carvosso on Beccles 01502 716669 or e-mail negg@tesco.net.

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