Rainbows’ Christmas gift to children in hospital

In the run up to Christmas, Girlguiding groups around the UK are undertaking festive social actions. Young Leader Antonia Burgess shares what her group - up the 2nd Abbey Rainbows - have been up to

Antonia Burgess
17 Dec 2015

At the 2nd Abbey Rainbows we recently did the Roundabout All About Me badge with the group

The girls explored their place in the world, looked at how we are all different and talked about how important it is to help others.

At our meeting this week, we put our discussions for the badge into action and collected gifts for the ‘Hannah’s Hope Appeal’ which was set up to collect presents for children in hospital this Christmas. 

The ‘Hannah’s Hope Appeal’ is a cause close to our hearts as it was set up by the parents of one of our Rainbows, Hannah-Eve.

Hannah-Eve has a rare life-threatening metabolic disease and spends some of her time in hospital. Last year, she came very close to spending Christmas on the ward. Luckily, Hannah was able to make it home for Christmas but lots of other children sadly had to spend the festive period in hospital.

Spending time in hospital at any time of the year can be upsetting but this is especially the case during holidays such as Christmas.

Gifts for children in hospital

During our Rainbow Christmas party, Hannah-Eve collected colouring books, crayons, story books, teddy bears and others toys. She will deliver these gifts, along with some special Santa’s helpers, to her friends in the Evelina Children’s Hospital so they can have fun and receive presents that will keep them busy and happy over the holidays.

Looking out for others is so important and really integral to what Girlguiding is all about. When I was a Guide, we always took time to work in the community and raise money for charity and I remember organising a big fundraising Christmas party complete with face painting activities for our friends. 

As part of my Leadership Qualification next year, I’m planning to do more social actions with the Rainbows – the girls are never too young to help others and give back to the community and it’s an important part of their guiding journey.

Is your unit taking part in a Christmas social action activity?

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