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Movie marathon fundraiser for Downton Rangers
A MAGICAL movie marathon cast a spell of resourcefulness over youngsters raising cash for an overseas mission to help others.
Fifteen girls from the 1st Downton Rangers donned costumes to become characters from the Harry Potter films, placed donations in a jar and settled down to watch all eight movies in 20 hours at the village’s Baptist church.
The group, which meets in South Lane, has been devising many ways to raise funds to send a party of ten to Sangam in India this summer on a 16-day mission to work with women who've suffered violent home lives or have HIV or leprosy.
Based at one of Girlguiding’s world centres, the youngsters will travel each day to work with the various projects in communities around the city. So far the unit has raised more than £400 with a sponsored cycle and row and run event, in which they travelled more than 700 miles in an evening at the village leisure centre.
They are also planning a big Bollywood dance event for the village in April and a stall for the May Cuckoo Fair, as well as working on more service orientated projects to raise funds.
Unit leader Anne Tattershall said: “It’s an ambitious project and the most adventurous our unit has taken on.
Making a small but simple difference to the daily lives of those visiting these centres has spurred the girls on and will give them a chance to learn about Indian ways of life first hand.”