WOMEN campaigning for pension equality have spread their message to a Brownies group.

The Leigh constituency for the Women Against State Pensions Inequality Group (WASPI) visited the 1st Golborne St Thomas Brownies Group to educate its young members about their campaign.

The brownies, who have recently been researching the women's suffragette movement with 2018 marking 100 years since it happened, were interested to learn about the work WASPI do.

WASPI member Irene Sanderson said: "A good time was had by all and the Leigh WASPI members enjoyed cakes baked by the brownies and were handed badges.

"In return, the girls were each given one of the Waspi campaign badges.

"An added bonus was that during the evening the group gained two new members and handed out lots of cards for the girls to pass on to people in their family who may well be affected.

"We have also been invited back as well which is great."

The WASPI campaign aims to convince the Government to make 'fair transitional arrangements' for a group of women who now have to wait up to six more years to receive their state pension.

This follows the Government fast-tracking plans to increase the state pension age (SPA) for women from 60 to 66.

Most people were completely unaware of the move – which could cost women born on or after April 6, 1951, thousands of pounds – as it received little publicity.

The group will be hosting a screening event at the Holiday Inn Express at Leigh Sports Village on Thursday, December 14 to watch MP Jo Platt debate the WASPI campaign at the House of Commons with the time yet to be confirmed.

WASPI members meet regularly with the last meeting before Christmas on Friday from 10am at Joining Communities on St Helens Road.

For more information about the campaign visit the Facebook group Leigh WASPI Group - News or e-mail Leighwaspi@gmail.com.

If you would like to attend the parliament screening event next week e-mail the same address.