Sandhaven brownies enjoy Queen’s birthday trip to London

Sandhaven Brownies overlooking London
Sandhaven Brownies overlooking London

A girls group from Sandhaven have told of their experiences in London after being invited down to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

The 1st Sandhaven Brownies were allocated tickets for Trooping the Colours at the end of April, giving the group just seven weeks to raise enough funds to take the girls to London last month.

The Trooping of the Colours

The Trooping of the Colours

Pippa Stokes, one of the Sandhaven Brownies leaders, said: “We didn’t expect to be selected but were overjoyed at the opportunity and so we began a mega fundraising drive.

“We held car boots, bingo night, raffles, car wash, a sponsored walk and swim and other events - we were outstanded by the generosity of the local community.”

The group left Sandhaven on June 10 and travelled to London overnight for the ceremony where they got to stand at the railings.

Pippa said: “The queen was about 5 meters away from us as she passed.

Sandhaven Brownies stop off and see the Kelpies

Sandhaven Brownies stop off and see the Kelpies

“The girls just loved it they waved their flags and they sang Happy Birthday as she passed.”

The group spent the rest of the day sightseeing including the London Eye and a Thameside River Boat Cruise before returning home on June 12.

Pippa said: “Myself, Heidi, Cassy and Faye would like to thank on behalf of ourselves and all 1st Sandhaven Brownies everyone who has helped us achieve this trip, the local businesses and shops, the local community, friends and families.”