Bathroom upgrade for our Brownie House

by Valerie Duncan in Haddington, Scotland, United Kingdom

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On 23rd March 2021 we successfully raised £3,725 with 129 supporters in 35 days

Our residential property needs the bathroom upgraded as the facilities are no longer fit for purpose.

by Valerie Duncan in Haddington, Scotland, United Kingdom


About the House

Allison Cargill House was purchased by Girlguiding  East Lothian 45 years ago and was named after the first Scottish Chief Guide,  Allison Cargill.  Since that time it has evolved to meet the changing needs of our members, through the hard work and dedication of a tea1612787035_img_0032.jpgm of volunteers who make up the house committee. We are constantly working to maintain the property and to keep the house in good order.  In recent years we have upgraded the kitchen and the central heating. Last year we were delighted to install a new play tower in the grounds and are looking forward to the first visitors getting to play on it when the house reopens after the pandemic.  It is now the turn of the bathrooms to get a make over!

About Girlguiding East Lothian

1612716383_ach_logo_top_left.jpgWe currently have 1400 members in East Lothian ranging in age from 5 years to 90 years, many of whom have fond memories of staying at Allison Cargill House.  Our youngest members start out visiting on day trips. The Brownies and Guides enjoy staying in the house and camping in the grounds.  As well as having fun with the girls our adult members use the house for trainings, meetings and of course the occasional afternoon tea!  We are also delighted to welcome members of the wider community to stay in the house  from the local church to school groups and international visitors too.

Our Bathrooms

The main bathroom facilities currently consist of two open shower cubicles,1612788290_img_1213.jpg a toilet and wash hand basins. At the time they were installed they met our visitors' needs but over the years the facilities have been well used and sadly are now in need of an upgrade. The showers frequently stop working despite the best efforts of our wonderful handy man. 1612786863_img_1214.jpg

We are keen to be able to offer better facilities to visitors with disabilities and so we would like to redesign the layout creating enclosed cubicles for increased privacy, wider access for wheelchair users, modernise facilities to ensure they are more environmentally friendly, install new wash hand basins and a lower shower head for wheelchair users.

We hope to make the main bathroom more environmentally friendly by installing taps and showers that reduce water consumption and save energy.  The showers would be changed to electric as they are more cost effective. They would only heat what is being used and would use a lower water flow.  The toilets would also be water saving with dual flush controls.  The lighting will be upgraded to low energy lighting.



We love going to ACH, it has a lovely homely feel, is just big enough to accommodate all our needs, has a wonderful outdoor space for us to run around safely.  Although it is not far from home, the beautiful secluded location could be anywhere and we love visiting.

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1613231367_5305b779-51f5-4e67-8f9c-12b001302d13.jpegHand painted clay sculpture mounted on wood. Pledge to get a chance to be entered into our prize draw to win this unique sculpture.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

An invitation to Allison Cargill House for afternoon tea. You will get afternoon tea and a guided tour of the house and grounds. Due to pandemic restrictions you will receive an invitation with the date of this event once restrictions are lifted.

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£5 Reward

You will be entered into a prize draw to win a hand painted clay sculpture of an owl.

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Get an ACH souvenir of your choice. Select from the list of options.

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£50 Reward

Receive a 10% discount on your next booking at ACH.

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