Queen's Guide Award recipients this October
More than 80 young women from around the UK
have received Girlguiding’s top accolade, the
Queen’s Guide Award, at a special ceremony held at the House of
The awards were presented by Baronesses Angela
Smith, Judith Wilcox and Jan Royall; as well as Chief
Guide Gill Slocombe – herself a Queen’s Guide.
‘Guiding has changed my life as it has
provided me with the opportunity to progress my life skills and has
encouraged me to be pro-active within the local community,'
said recipient Lara McToal, from Oswaldtwistle,
'It has provided structure in my life over the
last 20 years and has empowered me to challenge the community’s
perceptions of young women. I hope I have also inspired young women
to be productive members of society,’ she added.
At the ceremony, Gill offered her
congratulations to the participants for the hard work that
they had put into getting the award: ‘Over the years the Queen’s
Guide Award has given many young women an amazing sense of
empowerment and confidence. I hope they will serve as an
inspiration to many more young women all over the country who are
thinking about getting involved in guiding.’
To obtain the award, participants needed to
work on a number of areas, including developing a personal skill,
outdoor pursuits and community action projects. It is only open to
Senior Section members aged 16 to 25.
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