Hazelton Mountford celebrates Aviva funding for Girlguiding Worcestershire

20th Dec

A Girlguiding group in Worcestershire is celebrating after winning £2,500 from the Aviva Broker Community Fund.

The 7th Worcester Guides were nominated by independent insurance broker Hazelton Mountford, whose headquarters is in Worcester city centre, after employee Ellie Jones asked for the firm’s support.

The funds will be used to provide two camping trips and new equipment for the local Girl Guides. The project competed with broker-sponsored community projects from across the UK to receive the money.

The nationwide initiative, now in its 10th round of awards, called on brokers to champion a project in their area to be in with a chance of securing funding ranging from £2,500 to £20,000.

Ellie, who works in the Evesham branch as an account handler, said: “As the unit I’m involved with is based in an under-privileged area of Worcester, we’re thrilled to have been selected for a grant that will enable us to give more opportunities and experiences to local girls who don’t have the same privilege as their peers.

“After the pandemic we have seen a change in the girls and we’re excited to be able to take some time out with them to forget the pressures of being a teenager and to just be themselves. We will be able to give them experiences to last a lifetime, without any financial burden to the parents. We can’t thank Aviva enough for selecting us – it truly will open many doors for us.”

Lee Summers, branch director in Evesham, said: “I’m pleased for Ellie and her incredible unit. The whole Hazelton Mountford team are proud of Ellie and continue to support her in all that she does. Well done!”

If any girls aged 10-14 would like to join 7th Worcester Guides, contact Esther on 07761 564543 or visit the Girlguiding website. The unit meets on Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.15pm at Ronkswood Community Centre.

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