Glasgow superstar runs London Marathon to ensure that all girls can benefit from guiding’s opportunities

A young Girlguiding Scotland volunteer from Uddingston ran the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2015, to help ensure that more girls than ever can benefit from the amazing opportunities offered by the charity.

Cara Fairbairn, 28, covered the gruelling 26.2-mile course in five hours and 29 minutes, with Girlguiding’s team of five runners raising over £9000 for the leading charity in the UK for girls and young women.

The money raised through the race will help Girlguiding ensure all girls can get involved with their communities, grow in confidence, reach their full potential and enjoy the fun and adventure of guiding.

Cara, who now works for Vivienne Westwood in London, said: “Girlguiding is a charity that’s close to my heart. I joined aged 10, and it’s given me the chance to do so many amazing things, such as overseas travel.

“I wanted to give something back, and ensure that even more girls get those opportunities.”

Girlguiding research shows that 41 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 say that feeling embarrassed about wearing school sports kit puts them off playing sport.

Last year Girlguiding launched a badge called Free Being Me, which addressed body confidence issues among young girls and encouraged them to speak out on these issues.

Cara, who previously volunteered with 2nd Uddingston Rainbows and Guides and is now Leader with 6th Earlsfield Guides, said: “Girlguiding gives girls the chance to go rock climbing, abseiling – all these different activities that they wouldn’t otherwise do.

“The programme is active, really diverse. The girls never sit down!”

Through its campaign to grow guiding, Girlguiding Scotland is working to extend opportunities to all girls and young women, no matter where they live.

Money raised by Cara will enable the charity to reach more girls in new areas through grants for UK groups in need and other funding schemes.

Just £20 could cover the first month’s rent for a new group, while £100 could cover the cost of a day at camp for a disabled girl or young woman and her carer or buddy.

Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting challenges to girls aged five to 25, giving them the space to try new things and make friends for life. Girls take part in a hugely varied weekly programme incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports and international travel.

If you are interested in fundraising for Girlguiding, please email charity.challenges@girlguiding.org

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Notes to editors:

  1. For a photo of Cara please contact Girlguiding Scotland’s press office.
  2. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.
  3. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 553,633 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk.