My disability was no barrier to my Queen's Guide Award

For Leader-in-Training Sarah, disability was no barrier to getting a Queen's Guide Award

The award ceremony was a wonderful ending to a long and at times difficult journey.

I attended the ceremony for my Queen's Guide Award at the Houses of Parliament last year. The award was presented by Lucy-Anne Holmes of the No More Page 3 campaign.

My mum and carer were there

The ceremony was a wonderful ending to a long and at times very difficult journey. To be there with my mum and carer was really special. I have fixed dystonia, which means I need 24-hour care and use an electric wheelchair.

I have limited movement and chronic widespread pain as well as spasms. So my carer helped me with some aspects of the award. For the Personal Skill Development section I chose photography. I borrowed some equipment which attaches a digital SLR to the front of my wheelchair and makes photography accessible for me.

I loved visiting Westminister Abbey

The highlight of the award was visiting Westminster Abbey for the outdoor challenge part. I'd researched the abbey's history, so I really appreciated its historical importance. I loved seeing the building and all the artifacts and having lunch in the cafe under beautiful 14th century arches.

Why not try for the Queen's Guide Award?

It's a great way to gain new skills and confidence.