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CRONXWIRE
Addiscombe GirlGuide captures imagination of local traders

A 10 year-old Addiscombe resident has caught the attention of local and national businesses with her Mini Jumble Trail idea.

Ffion Rees had been tasked with raising funds for a GirlGuiding trip to Edinburgh from London and she decided to raise money through a locally-organised garage sale day.

On September 4, local residents will set up stalls outside their houses in the Addiscombe area selling a range of items. Ffion is charging them £5 to be on the map and also inviting donations for free entry into a raffle.

Helped by her father Andy Szebeni, Ffion has garnered hamper donations from the Addiscombe high street Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Boots as well as other generous traders such as Day 1, Streets Ahead estate agents and Tina’s Nails nail bar, to name a just a few. These donations will be prizes for the raffle which people can enter now (many stall holders made cash donations as well as paying for their stalls) and on the day.

Andy commented “I am so proud of the hard work Ffion has put in, walking the streets leafletting houses as well as boldly asking local businesses for contributions. Many have actually donated cash to her fundraising as well as prizes. We have all been blown away by the sheer generosity of small local shops who must be struggling like all of us through this cost of living crisis”.

Ffion says “it was hard at first having the courage to ask the adults in the shops for things. But, when so many said yes and gave me things, I got a lot more confident and have really enjoyed the process”.

Ffion is looking forward now to September 4 when she hopes to raise plenty more from her own stall in Addiscombe. Already nearly 20 local people have signed up for the jumble trail and many more have used the GoFundMe link.

Ffion expects to exceed her Guides target and will be giving any surplus to St Christopher’s Hospice, a charity close to her family’s heart. 

Find out more about the event and download the flyer.

Notes

  • Ffion Rees is a member of 4th Addiscombe Guides
  • She and several dozen other guides will be organising and funding their travel, accommodation and sightseeing to Edinburgh leaving in October
  • The Guides event is designed to develop their organisation and independence through both the fund raising and the return trip 
  • The Mini Jumble Trail will run 10am to 4pm on Sunday September 4, 2022
  • Stalls are invited from residents in the Addiscombe local area
  • There is a charge of £5 to have a stall
  • People can make a donation of any size and will get a free entry into a raffle to win a range of prizes including hampers, shoes, vouchers for manicures or beauty therapy, bottles of wine and much more
  • Ffion is publicising the event at www.ffionrees.com where people can apply for stalls, download more information or donate