George Mann and Cynthia Gent - freemasons donation for girl guides outdoor centre

Girl guides from Nantwich and other Cheshire towns will benefit from a new Outdoor Activity Centre.

The centre was part funded by a Cheshire Freemasons donation of £17,000 to ‘Girlguiding Cheshire Forest’.

The funds have helped transform a dream into reality for youngsters across Cheshire.

The Pettypool Campsite and Activity Centre is set in 17 acres of woodland in the heart of Cheshire near Northwich and offers opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities – from a Rainbow Day to Senior Section camping.

Pettypool is run by a small team of volunteers with thousands of Cheshire youngsters able to benefit.

Girlguiding County President Cynthia Gent said: “On behalf of Girlguiding Cheshire Forest, I would like to express our thanks to the Cheshire Freemasons for their generous donation.

“Part of it was used to purchase a state-of-the-art bed specially designed and equipped for our disabled members.

“The centre provides our members with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in safe surroundings and we would not have been able to complete the project without the financial support you have given.

“We really do appreciate the amazing work you do for so many charitable organisations within and outside of Cheshire.”

Head of Cheshire Freemasons Stephen Blank said: “Girlguiding is such an important organisation encouraging youngsters to have fun, learn and make lifelong friendships.

“We are delighted to have been able to show our support by helping the leadership complete the centre.

“Like Freemasonry, Girlguiding is inclusive and I was particularly pleased that a part of the donation was going towards the specialist bed, meaning youngsters who would otherwise have struggled to be accommodated are now fully included in the centre’s ‘experience’.”

(Pic: Cheshire Freemason George Mann making a cheque presentation to Cynthia)

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