Marmalade Challenge Pack

Girlguides launch fundraising Challenge Pack in support of Marmalade Festival

Girlguiding Cumbria North have launched a new Marmalade Challenge Pack to help raise funds for Hospice at Home, the beneficiary of Dalemain’s Annual Marmalade Festival.

The group have been involved with the festival since it’s inception and decided that as they would not be able to contribute in the normal way this year, that they still wanted to support the charities that benefit the festival so have designed a Marmalade-themed activity pack and badge.  County Commissioner Ann-Marie Steel said “Over the years the Marmalade Festival has been a firm fixture on our calendar and we wanted to be able to continue that support.  Our team have devised a brilliant challenge pack which means our members can still be part of the festival – albeit virtually – and we can help contribute to the fundraising too.

Piloted by Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, and Rangers across Cumbria North, the pack has been designed to be adaptable for units which are meeting online owing to the pandemic and will be officially launched and available to members across the UK and further afield.  Funds raised from the sale of badges will go to the Marmalade Festival which in turn supports Hospice at Home.  Jane Hasell McCosh, founder of the Marmalade Festival, said “We’re really pleased that Girlguiding in this area is able to continue to support us even in these difficult times.  I’m delighted with the challenge pack initiative because I’ve always wanted to have a marmalade badge!”.

The challenge pack has been split into four sections – marmalade, bears, orange and good turns.  It is suitable for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers with the girls completing activities from each section to earn their badge.

For the last 16 years, the group have contributed to the Marmalade Festival, starting as a fun day for Brownies and Cubs and more recently providing orange-themed activities for children visiting the festival with their parents. The Guides and Rangers have also had the rare opportunity to ‘be Paddington’ with the older girls taking it in turns to don the iconic costume and chaperone him around the estate meeting visitors.  Ann-Marie added “Our Guides and Rangers love being Paddington, and even met Prince Charles one year!  Paddington isn’t allowed to speak, so all the answers to Prince Charles’ questions had to be in sign language!”

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Click here to download the Marmalade Challenge Pack.