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Dotty Brownies Raise Funds

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'Dotty' Brownies raise charity funds with a spotty evening

Everyone was seeing spots before the eyes at a recent fund-raising event held by Chelford Brownies.

As part of their work towards Disability Awareness badge, the girls have been learning about the challenges of being visually impaired. Following a visit by the regional fundraiser for the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), the Brownies held a 'Wear Dots: Raise Lots' evening, donating money for wearing spotty clothes.

Ten Brownies also did Hostess Badge during the evening, and made spotty cakes and biscuits. Other girls voluntarily made cakes as well, so there was plenty of choice for parents to buy refreshments when they visited. From Brownie contributions for wearing spotty clothes, and from refreshment sales, a total of £81.26 was raised for the RNIB.

During the evening, the Brownies learned about the dots of braille, thanks to Anne Ellis, wife of former Chelford Vicar John Ellis, bringing in a braille machine for the girls to type their names in braille. Anne works with visually impaired children in the Stockport area.

The Brownies also learned about the challenges of growing up blind, when a young lady whom Anne works with, Chantelle Hampson from Wilmslow, talked about being born blind, attending school, learning to read and write in braille, and passing 11 GCSEs and several A levels. The Brownies listened attentively, and asked a number of interesting questions.

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