Kirkliston Brownies raise over £1800 for children in hospital in West Lothian

A dedicated group of Brownies from Kirkliston have put their best foot forward by walking the Forth Road Bridge to raise £1809 for children and families in hospital in West Lothian.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 6:00 am
The 2nd and 3rd Kirkliston Brownie Pack raised money for the hospital charity.
The 2nd and 3rd Kirkliston Brownie Pack raised money for the hospital charity.

The 2nd and 3rd Kirkliston Brownie Pack took on the walking challenge to raise awareness and funds for St John’s Children’s Fund, which supports St John’s Hospital and other children’s healthcare settings. Forty-four Brownies, and four pack leaders, completed the sponsored three mile walk, earning themselves a ‘Well Done’ Brownie badge for their phenomenal fundraising efforts.

Heather Still, unit leader at Kirkliston Brownies, said: “As a Brownie Leader with two packs, we are always looking for fun new things to do to challenge the girls.

"They love to do things for their community and enjoy helping others so when we found out about St John’s Children’s Fund, I knew they would jump at the chance to do something to give back.

The 2nd and 3rd Kirkliston Brownie Pack at the hospital.

“The decision was made to walk across the Forth Road Bridge which was a real challenge for me as I’m terrified of heights!

"Initially we had hoped to raise £500 so imagine how overwhelmed and delighted we were when the final total was £1809!

“We are so proud of what the girls have achieved and it’s fantastic to be able to help a local charity which is supporting a hospital where many of the girls and their siblings were born.”

St John’s Children’s Fund was established by Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) and is raising money for the children’s ward, maternity services and Special Care Baby Unit at St John’s, as well as Sunndach respite service.

Jackie Robson, fundraiser at ECHC, said: “This is a phenomenal fundraising effort by the girls and leaders from Kirkliston Brownies and we are thrilled that they have chosen to support St John’s Children’s Fund.

“They are a credit to their community and we would like to say an enormous thank you to them for their incredible donation which will make a real difference to babies, children and families using St John’s Hospital and other children’s healthcare settings across West Lothian.”

To donate to St John’s Children’s Fund, visit: https://echcharity.enthuse.com/StJohnsChildensFund#!/.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​