Coates Brownie group fly new flag after receiving £500 cash boost from Whittlesey-based brickwork company Forterra

1st Coates Brownies at their teddy bears picnic event with the packs new flag, provided by Whittlese

1st Coates Brownies at their teddy bears picnic event with the packs new flag, provided by Whittlesey-based Forterras Diane Munday (far left). Picture: Steve Baker - Credit: Archant

A Coates Brownie group are celebrating flying their new flag which was made possible after a funding boost from Forterra brickworks based in Whittlesey.

The 1st Coates Brownies have been without a flag for several months and were worried that they wouldn’t have one in time for the Remembrance Day this autumn.

One group volunteer is Diane Munday, known to the troop as Bambi. She works at Forterra brickworks in Whittlesey and asked her employers if they could help.

The company agreed and provided £500 to cover the flag, the holster, pole and carry case and it is now being used at events and prize-givings, and was taken on the pack’s end of term teddy bears’ picnic on Thursday July 19.

There were also some funds left over which will go towards buying equipment and resources for the new term.

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Lisa Coleman, troop leader, said: “This was extremely generous of Forterra, and the girls and I are all very grateful for the donation.

“We will be taking the new flag with us whenever we parade and will also use it during the induction of all new Brownies to our pack.”

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Stephen Harrison, chief executive of Forterra, said: “When we heard about the Coates Brownie’s plight, we wanted to step in and provide assistance.

“Communities local to our facilities are very important to us and as a responsible company we try to help out if we can.”

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