Brownies help set new world record

The photo attached shows the 2nd Brechin Brownies with their finished flags.

The photo attached shows the 2nd Brechin Brownies with their finished flags.

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Brownies from Brechin proved they were up for a challenge by backing Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton’s bid to set a new world record while raising vital funds for Comic Relief.

The fund-raising wonder woman had set herself seven magnificent challenges which she vowed to complete in only seven weeks – and she offered Girlguiding members a unique chance to lend a hand.

2nd Brechin Brownies was among thousands of groups invited to come up with their own fund-raising events to back the daredevil presenter’s campaign in the run-up to Red Nose Day.

The group of 15 girls all aged between seven and 10 chose to hold a fund-raising night, raising £85 in the process, by having an early Easter Chick Drive where they invited their friends and family.

Girlguiding groups nationwide have also been hard at work crafting their own giant fabric triangles to help create the world’s largest bunting line, which Helen, a former Brownie herself, displayed along the 2,200-metre Humber Bridge as one of her Magnificent 7 challenges - setting a new world record of 517 flags.

Brownie Alix, aged nine, said: “It was great fun making the flags, and helping to set a new world record.”

Norma Laird, assistant leader said: “It was great seeing the girls getting enthusiastic and working together to create their bunting.”

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