GUIDES on the Isle of Wight are celebrating after being presented with a cheque for £500 by WightAID.

The presentation was made to members of Girlguiding Isle of Wight by Brian Marriott a Trustee of WightAID during a Brownie, Guide and Ranger meeting.

Since its formation, some eighteen months ago, WightAID has granted some £200,000 to over 60 groups and charities with support coming from local businesses. It is a way that Island businesses can support local charities which in turn benefits the Island’s community

All Girlguiding members on the Island will benefit from the donated money as it will be spent on 'New Programme' books. This will enable all the girls and young women to access the New Programme which has recently been introduced.

Themes will run all the way through the New Programme from Rainbows aged five right up to the new 14–18 Ranger section.

The themes are include:, know myself – girls getting to know who they are, and their role in girlguiding and the wider world; express myself – girls showing off their creative side; be well – physical and mental well-being for girls; helping girls look after themselves and others and have adventures – girls exploring the outdoors and nature.

Guide Erica Hiscock said, " It is great that WightAID has donated £500 to Girlguiding Isle of Wight. All the girlguiding units on the Island will benefit from this with the purchase of New Programme books.

Everyone is looking forward to our New Programme - it's really exciting with lots of outdoor activities and something to interest all members. My favourite thing is the photography badge in the express myself section."