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The 25th Fulham (All Saints) Brownies have raised £557 for Great Ormond Street Hospital through their own great bake off.

On December 1, the Brownies presented the hospital's Freya Samuelson a huge cheque in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity raised in support of the October Bake it Better campaign.

Brown Owl, Claire Shirley, says: “It all started with a letter from Freya to our Chief Guide about the Bake it Better campaign and Sarah Jones of De-licious Cakes by Sarah coming to teach the Brownies how to make cup cakes for their Cook Badge.

" The date happened to coincide with the appeal, so I thought I would challenge the Brownies to raise money and see what happened."

Jessie Alldis (Seconder of the Elves) aged 8, says: “Brown Owl said we could either sell our one cake or be inspired to bake some more with the recipe for cupcakes that Sarah gave us.

" I baked 24 cupcakes. Then 8 of us baked some cupcakes and set up a cake stall near Fulham Football Ground on match day. We sold them for £1 each.

" Some people gave us more than that and others just donated some money. We raised £281 all together, including the money I raised for selling the one I took home. It was fun."

Of the 22 Brownies, everyone raised money in different ways. Amy Schoonhoven baked 24 cupcakes on her own and with her brother set up a stall outside her house and raised £40; Isobel Johnson knocked on her neighbours’ doors and raised £19 by selling her cakes; others baked and sold them to their families and friends and some bought them with their own pocket money. One neighbour and a school family were so inspired that they baked too and added to the total.

The money raised by the seven to 10 year-olds will now go to help the hospital where their friend Georgina Alldis, who was a Rainbow, was helped before she died.

Brown Owl Claire says: " We are delighted it will help provide new facilities for mums and dads to sleep alongside their very ill children. It is such a fantastic charity, I and my fellow leaders are very proud of what the Brownies have achieved."

Laura Savory, Senior Fundraising Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity says: “We’re so grateful to the 25th Fulham (All Saints) Brownie pack for their generosity and support. The money raised will help to make a huge difference to young patients and families from across the UK."

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity raises money to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children.

To find out more about the Brownies and how to register your daughter or to get involved, visit the Girlguiding website.

December 5, 2014