Hebburn Girl Guide chosen to represent North East at World Scout European Jamboree in Poland

A teenager is looking forward to an exciting opportunity overseas – and is undertaking an impressive fundraising drive to pay her way.

By Sarah Sinclair
Thursday, 14th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 9:48 am
(Right) Sophie McLeod (15) with her sister Lucy (9). Picture by FRANK REID
(Right) Sophie McLeod (15) with her sister Lucy (9). Picture by FRANK REID

Hebburn schoolgirl Sophie McLeod, 15, has been chosen from hundreds of young people in the UK to attend the World Scout European Jamboree, in Poland next summer.

The teen will spend 10 days camping in Gdańsk, Poland, from July 26 to August 6, 2020 representing Girlguiding North East among thousands of Scouts and Guides from 65 countries across the world.

Sophie, who attends Hebburn Comprehensive school, started Rainbows when she was five-years-old, moving onto the Brownies and then the Guides, before becoming a Ranger earlier this year.

Sophie McLeod (15). Picture by FRANK REID

Now she needs to raise £1,300 to fund the trip, including the costs of activities such as scavenger hunts, swimming and sailing.

Since May this year she has taken part in a sponsored run, held tombolas and raffles, washed cars and packed bags in her local supermarket.

“This is a rare opportunity for Sophie, to meet people from all over the world,” said mum Angela McLeod.

“She has been with the Girlguides all the way through and her unit and leader have been really supportive.

Sophie McLeod (15). Picture by FRANK REID

“We’re so proud of her, she was worried that she wasn’t going to be able to raise the funds, but she was determined to go for it.”

With the help of her unit, 1st Hebburn Girlguiding, Sophie has organised a ladies fashion show on Thursday, November 28 at St John’s Church, Canning Street, in a bid to reach her target before the end of the year.

The event, hosted by Colours Fundraising Fashion shows, will showcase a range of high street brands, including H&M and Marks and Spencer, which will all be available to purchase at a 50% discount.

There will also be several raffles and opportunities to win prizes on the night, many of which have been donated by local businesses.

(Right) Sophie McLeod (15) with her sister Lucy (9). Picture by FRANK REID

“It would be an amazing opportunity to go to the Jamboree,” added Sophie.

“I’d like to thank the Girlguiding unit and the local community for all being so supportive.”

Tickets for the fashion show are £6, including a drink on arrival, and can be purchased by contacting Angela on 07913656020 or [email protected]