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Rainbows Ockford Ridge

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The Girlguiding Rainbows meet at Ockford Ridge in Godalming to enjoy weekly group activities run by volunteers.

Rainbows is for girls aged five to seven - and is described as 'Exciting, messy, friendly and a lot of fun!' by the Girl Guiding Association. There is of course a more serious purpose as Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, getting in touch with nature and playing games - it's all about learning by doing.

GOLO provided funding (October 2017) for the construction of robust raised garden beds at the Scout & Guides Hut at Ockford Ridge where the girls will learn how to plant and care for all manner of plants from vegetables to flowers. And going by the impromptu tour given to GOLO volunteers by some of the Rainbows girls they can't wait to get their hands dirty!

Pictured above with some of the Rainbows group are (from back left) Tabatha Jeavons (Unit Helper), Liz Wheatley (GOLO volunteer), Debbie Thompson (Unit Leader), Joy Poulter (GOLO volunteer), Poppy Jeavons (Unit Helper) and Matilda Hamblyn (Unit Helper.

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The Hospital Hoppa
GOLO supports The Cellar in Godalming
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Waverley Hoppa Community Transport provide an invaluable service through enabling affordable transport for local people who are disadvantaged due to rural isolation, disability, vulnerability, or who cannot access public or other transport for any reason.

The Hospital Hoppa provides door-to-door transport for those who need to attend appointments at the Royal Surrey County Hospital or other medical centres in Waverley & Guildford.  These are typically non-emergency patients who are not eligible for the free transport offered by the NHS. Hospital Hoppa passengers pay a small fare for the journey but this service normally runs at a loss. This has been made worse by the fact that public sector funding has been slashed by 50% resulting in escalating costs for running the service.

Given that, of the 1,400 passenger trips made last year approximately half of these were by Godalming and villages residents, GOLO was keen to provide funding (October 2017) towards the service to help keep it operating.

Pictured above is Hoppa driver Gail Weingartiver and General Manager Steve Forward with GOLO volunteers Joy Poulter and Ian Coult.

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