21 April 2010 - Guides Reunited!
Famous alumni come together to
celebrate 100 years of Girlguiding.
Over 400 celebrities, MPs, business leaders
and charity heads will gather today at London’s Guildhall to
celebrate 100 years of Girlguiding and thank senior volunteers for
their commitment to girls and young women across the country.
Former Guides, Kate Silverton and Rhona
Cameron will join hundreds of alumni and current members who will
come together at tonight’s event as part of Guides Reconnected – an
online social network that enables thousands of past members to
reunite and share memories during the Centenary year.
Girlguiding, the UK’s largest organisation for
girls and young women, is celebrating its Centenary in 2010.
Former celebrity Guide Kate Silverton said:
'It is wonderful to have the opportunity to come back to meet the
girls and young women who are members of the organisation today. I
have fond memories of my guiding days. I became a Queen's Guide
which involved completing all sorts of badges and tasks, but
it was fun. It taught me focus and how to research and probably and
most importantly engendered a spirit of 'can do' and a love of the
outdoors that remains today. It was also a great time to make
friends and I’m delighted the Guides continues to be there for so
many girls today.'
Hosting the Centenary event was the Lady
Mayoress of the City of London Mrs Claire Anstee, who was both a
Brownie and a Guide. She said: 'It is an honour that I am here
to host the Centenary event of Girlguiding with my husband, the
Lord Mayor of the City of London. Guiding was a most memorable and
significant part of my life between the ages of seven and
thirteen. Having been both a Sixer and a Patrol Leader for the 8th
Wimbledon Unit, guiding provided a strong sense of belonging and
achievement, a real pride in being an important part of a team and,
above all, enormous fun. I am particularly glad to see so many
young girls and alumni who have benefitted from guiding gathered
here to celebrate many more 100 years of Girlguiding.'
Ahead of the event, 8th Haggerston Guides
member Niamh O’Connell said: ‘It is amazing to think that all of
these famous women were members of guiding when they were younger.
Although they come from very different backgrounds they have all
reached the top of their profession and it’s inspiring to think of
the role that guiding might have played in helping them get
The event will also raise awareness for
Girlguiding’s Centenary Fund. Based on the vision of original Chief
Guide Olave Baden-Powell, the Fund aims to ‘give girls a
Chair of Guiding Development, Alison Robson
,said: ‘This fund will enable future generations of girls and young
women to have life-changing experiences and access the amazing
opportunities and experiences available to them.’
To make an online secure donation visit
www.girlguiding.org.uk. Every penny received will go directly
towards giving girls memories that will last them a lifetime.
For photographs or further information please
contact Frida Williams on 020 7149 3706 or the Girlguiding Press
Office on 020 7592 1733.
Notes to editors
Girlguiding is the UK’s largest voluntary
organisation for girls and young women, with around half a
million members and recognised volunteers. One in four
eight-year-old girls is a Brownie and almost half of all the women
in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their
lives. We run Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and the Senior
Section, enabling girls and young women to develop their potential
whatever their ability or background. We are striving to offer
new opportunities to a broad diversity of communities through our
expanding network of 60,000 trained volunteer Leaders.
At Girlguiding we seek to give girls a voice
and provide a unique, girl-only space where members feel
comfortable just being themselves. Our members, challenged by a
girl-led programme that extends beyond badges, enjoy a spectrum of
activities from outdoor adventure to pop concerts to community
Girlguiding, part of a worldwide Movement of
approximately ten million girls and young women in 145
countries, launched its Centenary celebrations in September
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