Emily Eaton, aged 14, has taken part in the International Community Experience with Girlguiding Anglia, raising the money for this through many charity events such as bake sales, book sales and bag packing in local supermarket Iceland.
Over the Easter holidays Emily, a student at Castle Manor Academy, travelled to Kilfinnane which is in County Limerick, in the Republic of Ireland, to meet with local girl Guides and take part in a range of activities in the area. These included visiting local historical sites, hiking in the mountains and volunteering at an animal shelter, where she walked rescued dogs along with staff.
Emily did so well with her fundraising efforts that she exceeded her target of £475 and has donated money to many local causes. These have included the Haverhill Girlguiding Headquarters building fund, her old Guide unit (2nd Haverhill Guides), the 3rd Haverhill Brownies, where Emily is also a Young Leader, and Iceland supermarket where she also did some of her fundraising.
Most recently Emily presented a cheque to Miss Becca Neal, the librarian at Castle Manor Academy, and Mrs Vanessa Whitcombe, the Headteacher, to fund the purchase of new books to be enjoyed by students of all ages.
"Emily has always been a staunch supporter of her school library, and her success in raising funds is a true testament to her character. She will now support the library in ensuring her very generous donation is put to good use. We are so proud to have such kind and caring students at our school."
Emily has already begun to plan her next projects and is applying for other opportunities within Girlguiding, with the possibility of visiting many more exciting places.