Forget shopping! Girl Guides learn survival skills on sleep-over at Norwich’s Intu Chapelfield

About 160 guides and 40 volunteer leaders from across Norfolk have taken part in an sleepover at Nor

About 160 guides and 40 volunteer leaders from across Norfolk have taken part in an sleepover at Norwich's Intu Chapelfield shopping centre in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: Courtesy of 1st Wicklewood Guides - Credit: Archant

First aid, map reading and fire planning are not what most people get up to on a visit to Norwich's intu Chapelfield shopping centre.

But they were just some of the activities on the programme for a group of about 160 Girl Guides and 40 volunteer leaders from across Norfolk.

The 'Night Shift Challenge' event on May 13 saw the girls taking part in six 'missions' covering lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, outdoor adventure preparation, map reading, the importance of smoke alarms and fire planning.

Held in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), the girls then worked with volunteers from the EAAA to create an air ambulance collage before spending the night in sleeping bags in the shopping centre.

The evening raised nearly £2,000 for the EAAA, which is enough to fund 10 hours worth of fuel for one of its helicopters.

Charley Purves, 1st Wicklewood Guides leader, said she was delighted with how the sleep-over went.

She said: 'A massive thank you to the team for all your efforts in making last night a very long and sleepless night full of life saving skills and laughter in fun in a unique location.'

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Holly Lambert, EAAA's Norfolk fundraising manager, said: 'It was great to see the girls so engaged in the night and hear what they've been doing to raise money for us.

'We plan to run the event with more groups of young people now and hope the Guides will go and tell all their friends about our work.'

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