27 November 2013
Girls' Brigade Grace at Buckingham Palace launch
Girls' Brigade (GB) member, 11-year-old Grace Kelly, attended the launch of Step Up To Serve at Buckingham Palace and was interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. Grace was recognised for her fund-raising activites in aid of the Alzheimer's Society since she lost her grandmother to the disease.
Grace said: "It's important to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society so that one day there won't be any more of this horrid disease."
In 2011 Grace had a stall at a Christmas fair selling goods that she'd made. Then in 2012 she, along with five others from GB, had their hair cut off raising £1,000 and donating the hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who've lost their hair through cancer treatment. A little from Grace's pocket money also regularly goes to the charity and she always has new ideas. was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, who is the Royal Patron of Step Up To Serve, the three main political party leaders and business, faith groups and organisations.
Current estimates suggest 29 per cent of UK young people are already active in their communities. Step Up To Serve aims to double the number of young people participating in meaningful social action to over 50 per cent by 2020, by increasing existing opportunities and opening up new ones. One of the ways they pledge to do this is to enable more young people to join organisations which support them to take part in social action
The campaign focuses on young people from the ages of 10 to 20, with a specific focus on building life habits.