Dream trip for Guide Char­lotte

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A GIRL Guide has re­turned from a lifechang­ing trip to Cal­i­for­nia.

Char­lotte Jef­feries, 14, from Poyn­ton, was one of 15 girls se­lected to be in the Cheshire Bor­der con­tin­gent trav­el­ling to Amer­ica for the Guid­ing sum­mer camp.

The teenager from the 3rd Poyn­ton Guides and Rangers unit was se­lected to go on the trip, which was part of an pro­ject which sends girls from the UK all over the world.

Char­lotte raised £2,000 for the trip by bag-pack­ing in shops, babysit­ting, a spon­sored walk, a con­cert and selling ready-made freezer meals.

The trip in­cluded a tour of San Fran­cisco be­fore a camp at Pleasan­ton, where the year nine pupil spent a week with 400 girls from Amer­ica, Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Char­lotte said: “De­spite the oc­ca­sional 40 de­gree heat, we em­barked on chal­lenges and trav­elled around North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“I learnt how to zi­pline, how to blow glass and belly dance.

“I have gained a great deal, in­clud­ing friends from all over the world, and ex­pe­ri­ences that would never have been pos­si­ble had I not had this op­por­tu­nity.

“I am so glad I went on this trip be­cause I saw a to­tally new and dif­fer­ent place and dif­fer­ent world to what I am used to.

“It was in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing for all of us and we would all want to go again, and do ab­so­lutely noth­ing dif­fer­ently.”

●● Char­lotte Jef­feries, from 3rd Poyn­ton Guides, sixth from left, with other girls from the Girl­guid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Cheshire Bor­der con­tin­gent

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