Guiding groups cut a caper for Lorraine’s ceilidh challenge

Guiding groups up and down Scotland are ceilidh-ing for a good cause in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal 2015.

Girlguiding Scotland groups from Ayr to Orkney have taken up TV personality Lorraine Kelly’s ceilidh challenge to raise money for children in poverty as part of this year’s fundraising drive.

They include the 1st Stromness Guides who are holding a sponsored Orkney-style ‘Strip the Willow’ with some other guiding units on 3 October, and the 3rd Turriff Guides who raised more than £300 with a ceilidh on 12 September.

Jillian Mcleod, Leader of the 3rd Fraserburgh Guide Unit, said more than 80 girls from local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section units came together for their ceilidh on 21 September – raising a fantastic £1,400.

She said the highlight of the evening was getting a friend of hers who plays the bagpipes to surprise everyone at the end.

Jillian said: “We didn’t tell the girls that the piper was coming so that was a great moment when she came in at the end to pipe the girls home – the parents were there too so everyone was there to see it.

She added: “We walked all the girls through the steps first – they picked it up really easily.

“Kelly’s Caper was a bit confusing at first, especially for the younger girls, but they put in a good effort and got there in the end!

“It was a great night and it’s good to know the funds all go to children in poverty in Scotland, too.”

TV presenter and former Girlguiding Scotland member Lorraine Kelly has challenged guiding units to cut a caper and raise money for this year’s STV Children’s Appeal.

She’s calling on Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section units to stage their own fundraising ceilidh any time up until the close of the appeal on 16 October 2015, to help the one in five Scottish children affected by poverty.

If your unit or County is interested in taking part in Lorraine’s ceilidh challenge please contact Ami Anderson at STV on or 0141 300 3729.

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