A group of inspirational women from across the North West Region have risen to the challenge to achieve the highest award in Girlguiding. Bethany Boulton, Rebecca Cleator, Charlotte Furnell, Naomi Johnston, Hannah Fairlamb, Charlotte Fabi, Becky Hopkins, Catherine Irwin, Bethan Gudgeon and Miriam Ridley all received their Queen's Guide Awards last week.
The seven young women joined other guiding members from across the country to be presented with their Queen’s Guide Award at the House of Commons on Saturday 25 November by Sally Illsley, Deputy Chief Guide.
Physiotherapist and explorer, Justine Gosling, whose adventures include a gruelling four month, 5,000 mile expedition through 16 countries for charity, was in attendance to give the recipients an inspirational talk.
To achieve the prestigious award these young women took on a series of personal challenges in areas such as social action, voluntary work and travel. Fewer than 150 young women out of the hundreds of thousands of Girlguiding members are presented with the award each year and they have to complete their challenges before they turn 26.
Naomi Johnston, who is an assistant Brownie and Guide leader said: “I have developed skills that without Queen’s Guide I wouldn't have; such as the ability to plan complex expeditions, read maps and navigate in tricky weather conditions, as well as the capacity to work as a team and play to everyone's strengths to achieve objectives.”
Justine, a former Brownie and Guide spoke passionately about her own volunteering work; as an international emergency disaster responder in Haiti last year and helping to build shelters and school kitchens in Africa – alongside her day job as a physiotherapist on an intensive care ward and planning and undertaking polar expeditions.
Justine Gosling said: “It was an honour to attend the Queen’s Guide Awards and to meet the young women who have worked hard to complete the award and celebrate their achievements. I was proud to be invited to speak at the ceremony about my own charity adventures, the challenges I faced, and how I overcame these to achieve my goals. The best part was hearing all the different stories about each of the projects, which have led these women to become such amazing role models.”
Sally Illsley, Deputy Chief Guide, said: “It was a real privilege to present these inspirational young women with their awards. Hearing about the challenges they overcame to complete their projects, and make a difference in their communities and beyond demonstrated true resilience and passion. Attaining the Queen’s Guide Award is no mean feat and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Congratulations to them all.”
Well done everyone, we're so proud to see so many of our members from the North West achieving this award.