Specsavers opticians have announced that the winner of its annual Community Award is Royton District Girlguiding, in this the 100th year of Guiding.

Members of district will be invited into the store on Saturday 14 June to receive their grant of £1,000.

Praised for thir hard work

Applicants were asked to write in to the Royton store to describe why they thought they were deserving of the grant. The local district for Girlguiding was announced as the winners of the award for their hard work helping the local community and giving young girls a place to get together, have fun and learn exciting new skills.

Fun, safe enviroment for girls

Rebecca Inman, the Royton Specsavers store manager said: ‘We had some brilliant applications for the Royton Community Award but after much deliberation we decided that Girlguiding should be awarded this year’s grant. Not only does Girlguiding provide a fun safe environment for young girls to get together and learn, they also put back a lot to the local community and for this reason we think they are the deserving winners.’

In Royton there are a total of 15 Guiding units comprising of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section and ages range from 5 to 25. With the money awarded to them in the Royton Community Award, all 15 units can join forces for a birthday celebration to remember.

Nicola Robinson, the District Commissioner saids: ‘Due to funding, the 15 Royton Guiding units have been unable to meet altogether since 2012 and with the Big Brownie Birthday being celebrated this year the grant will allow us to throw a big celebration that the girls and leaders can all enjoy.’

Girlguiding is the largest and longest running youth organisation for girls in the UK and has around 450,000 young members aged 5 to 25. Adult volunteers give an average of 120 hours a year so that young girls can take part in a wide range of activities from abseiling to party planning and from circus skills to survival.

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