Smile for Georgie Foundation takes 103 children for fun evening in Herm
103 children aged from five to eleven and their parents/carers enjoyed a well-deserved trip to Herm on Wednesday evening.
The trip got off to an unexpected but welcome start with the Herm boat encountering a pod of dolphins who put on a twenty minute performance for admiring children and adults just off Jethou. Puffins were also seen.
The evening was the first major event of recently formed local charity, Smile for Georgie, set up by her parents in memory of Georgie Le Prevost who died in a car accident last July. The charity aims to practice acts of kindness, bringing a smile to people’s faces, and there was no shortage of smiling children as fun activities were the name of the game on setting foot in Herm.
With Brandi Attewell acting as main cheerleader, ably supported by Island FM’s Mark Trenchard, the party began with a meal at The Mermaid and guitar accompaniment from singer Jacques Evans. Some of the braver children gave great karaoke performances. Face painter, Joni Nettleship, was busy turning little faces into different animals and magician, Tobi Giles, bewitched everyone with his deft card tricks.
The weather was glorious and for some of the children for whom this was a first trip to Herm, there was the opportunity to marvel at the views of their home island as the party wound its way towards the common and across to Shell Beach to take part in some energetic dancing led by Brandi. Daniel the Donkey also made a guest appearance. Then it was competition time with a challenge to produce sand and shell sculptures. All the children were well protected from the sun with bright yellow Smile for Georgie caps kindly sponsored by the Guernsey Smile Centre.
The walk back to the harbour was broken with a welcome stop for ice creams at the Mermaid and each child received a Herm Island piggy bank, courtesy of Tom Jones, the Mermaid manager. One of the children was quick to celebrate a start to his savings when the Mermaid chef dropped in some loose change!
Travel Trident, who also subsidised the event, returned everyone tired but happy to St Peter Port before sunset. Disembarking children all received a party bag. Annie Le Prevost, Georgie’s sister, said it was great to see so many smiling faces, adults as well as children.
Smile for Georgie Foundation would like to thank all islanders who generously contributed towards this event which it is intended to repeat next summer.