Swanwick Girlguide jets off once in lifetime trip to help Kenyan community

A Swanwick Girlguide has travelled thousands of miles for an unforgettable, girl-only adventure in Kenya.

Rebecca Wardle, 18, has joined eight other girls from across the Midlands on the once-in-a-lifetime trip which set off on July 26.

The teen, who is a member of Alfreton senior section and a young leader at 1st Riddings Brownies, will take part in vital community development work.

Throughout the two-week trip, she will be supporting young women attending The Brainhouse Academy – a school based with the slums of Nairobi.

It will provide them with a taste of her guiding experience and sharing new skills.

She is also set to accompany young women from the school on Kenya’s first international camp.

Rebecca, of Swanwick, said: “I am really looking forward to the Kenya trip.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to travel and to experience a culture unlike any I’ve experienced before.

“I have done lots of fundraisers in preparation for the trip, such as a sponsored 24-hour walk which I really enjoyed.

“Girlguiding has enabled me to do so many amazing things, such as this trip, and has allowed for me to meet and make friends with people from a variety of backgrounds.

“I never would have met so many different people and had the chance to see so many things without Girlguiding.”

Rebecca fundraised ahead of her trip by a sponsored walk, bag packing and organised the Brownie and Rainbow Christmas disco.

Every year, Girlguiding sends hundreds of young women on international trips across the globe – empowering them to take part vital community development work, explore new cultures and develop their sense of adventure.

To find out more about Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk.