YOUNGSTERS have marched their way to charity success.
St Margaret’s Church Rainbow group, based at the church in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, raised just under £100 for Help For Heroes after completing a series of tasks to mark the World War One centenary.
The group of 17 girls took part in the activities over four weeks last month, learning what soldiers during the Great War experienced while also helping to raise funds for the soldiers’ charity.
Rainbow guider Linda Fernandez, who helped to organise the activities, said the girls, aged between five and seven, were keen to get involved.
“We don’t do things like this very often,” she said.
“But the girls have said that they enjoy it and they have learned from it.
“We wanted to do something to mark the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.”
The group’s leaders helped to direct the youngsters in choosing how to raise money, from taking part in a march to collecting 20 pence pieces in sweet tubes.
“We wanted to give them an idea of how the soldiers would feel marching to war,” said Linda.
“But of course instead of marching into battle, they marched into the play ground.
“They have been doing things about the war in school so they know a bit about it.”