Girlguiding Plymouth take on the Astor 100 Challenge

Girlguiding from across the whole of Plymouth and the Lord Mayor, are coming together to take on the Astor 100 Challenge in Central Park on 5th May.

Girls and women from across the 4 divisions, Plympton, Plymouth East, Plymouth West and Plym will each be sponsored to take on 100 repetitions of an activity.

The women and girls, aged from 5 to 80, get to choose any activity they wish to complete, some ideas that have been mentioned are doing 100 scooter jumps, 100 leapfrogs, 100 star jumps,100 handstands, threading a needle 100 times, eating 100 crisps and decorating 100 cookies! The Lord Mayor has been challenged to shake 100 hands. All participants will be awarded a commemorative badge, which has been designed by Ranger, Alex Ash.

All sponsorship money will be going towards the Lady Astor Statue Appeal which has been set up to raise funds to build a statue of the inspirational, Lady Astor on the Hoe. This appeal is close to Girlguiding in Plymouth, as Lady Astor, the first woman to sit in the House of Commons, was also responsible for setting up Girlguiding in Plymouth in 1917.

Jan Pritchard, President of Girlguiding Plymouth East says “We owe 101 years of Girlguiding history to Lady Astor, it is important to us that when our girls are older they can look back and tell their own children about Lady Astor starting Girlguiding in Plymouth, and how they helped to raise the money to build her statue”.

The commemorative badge that will be given out on the day.

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