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Inverness Brownies complete Joe Wicks 1000 burpees challenge in one evening for BBC's Children In Need

By Val Sweeney

Drakies Brownies take on the Joe Wicks challenge for Children In Need.
Drakies Brownies take on the Joe Wicks challenge for Children In Need.

A group of Inverness Brownies took on a UK-wide fundraising challenge to do 1000 burpees for Children In Need.

But instead of doing it over the course of a month, they completed the challenge collectively in one evening.

The 25th Inverness Drakies Brownies have raised £207 so far but money is still coming in.

The nationwide month-long challenge has been issued by Joe Wicks, who during the pandemic lockdown became known as the nation's PE teacher by getting people working out at home.

The aim is to raise money for the BBC's annual fundraising campaign, Children In Need.

25th Inverness Drakies Brownies after their challenge.
25th Inverness Drakies Brownies after their challenge.

Elizabeth Jane MacKinnon, Brown Owl of 25th Inverness Drakies Brownies, said the girls decided to join in.

"On the night of the challenge, we had 20 girls taking part, each took on 50 burpees each and some did more," she said.

"The girls smashed the target, had a lot of fun taking part in the challenge and enjoyed being part of something bigger.

"Even I got involved and I'm not the sportiest!"

The group, whose ages range from seven to 10, meets every Wednesday at Drakies Primary School to take part in various activities to accommodate the age range.

There are currently two full-time leaders but the group is losing another leader due to relocation.

Ms MacKinnon said like every other Girlguiding unit across the country, she strongly relied on volunteers and parent helpers to come forward and help.

She added: "I am not alone in this recruitment issue – so many units across Inverness are having to close due to lack of volunteers so we are desperate for people to come forward and volunteer."

Anyone wanting to get involved can find out more at www.girlguiding.org.uk.

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