Guides back in their home after flood­ing

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS -

GIRLS from the 1st Girl­guid­ing troop of Shep­per­ton are de­lighted to be fi­nally mov­ing back into their hall for the first time after it was flooded in Fe­bru­ary. More than a foot of wa­ter seeped into Daw­son Hall, off Rus­sell Road dur­ing the worst of the storms, ru­in­ing not only the hall but ac­tiv­ity equip­ment used by the Rain­bows, Brown­ies and Guides. Seven months on – and thanks to support from the com­mu­nity – the hut has been com­pletely trans­formed and the team is well on its way to re­stock­ing the arts and crafts sup­plies. After be­ing able to move back in on Tues­day last week, de­lighted Rainbow leader Ali­son Ho­gan said: “It is just fan­tas­tic and it will be even bet­ter when ev­ery­thing is back in. “It has been a rough year for our girls, but mov­ing back in we have five new Rain­bows and five new Brown­ies. “We're in the process of buy­ing arts and crafts stuff and will spend the largest amount of money raised on plas­tic boxes so if any­thing like this hap­pens again, at least we know it will float.” The troop's do­na­tion page saw a huge in­flux of money from res­i­dents – par­tic­u­larly par­ents – how­ever the troop will al­ways be grate­ful to the gen­er­ous mys­tery per­son who do­nated £1,000.

Ali­son said: “I'd just like to say thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts. “It made such a huge dif­fer­ence to us and means we can give the girls some sta­bil­ity. “We are also so grate­ful to Trin­ity Con­struc­tion, which com­pleted the work in an amaz­ing six weeks.”

Alis­tair Wilson HI145754

The cheery faces and thumbs-up are from the girls of the 1st Shep­per­ton Brown­ies as they move back into their Daw­son Hall home in Shep­per­ton for the

first time since Fe­bru­ary’s floods.

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