Rachel Heywood, a member of 5th Lancaster St Bernadette’s Brownie Unit has been recognised for her commitment to helping others. She has been awarded Girlguiding North West England’s new President’s Award, which recognises young members who have gone above and beyond to help others.
Last year, when Rachel was a member of 2nd Upper Lancaster Rainbows, her group decided to support two ill children through the Post Pals initiative. Post Pals is a small charity dedicated to making seriously ill children smile through the sending of cards, letters, gifts and friendship.
Inspired by the stories behind the children, Rachel set up her very own sweet shop, and sold small bags of sweets to fundraise for the charity, by using the money to buy more gifts for more children.
Over the past 12 months, Rachel has supported over 50 young children in the Post Pals scheme and is now busy making plans for her next fundraising scheme.
Rachel, aged seven, said: “I’ve really enjoyed fundraising for Post Pals and have loved helping other children. I was so surprised and really happy to win the award.”
Emma Maudsley, who is the Leader of 5th Lancaster Brownies, said: “We’re all very proud of Rachel for using her own initiative to help others, and as her Leader, I’m really looking forward to seeing what she achieves next.”
Rachel is one of the first recipients of the President’s Award which recognises young members who have shown great initiative and determination. She was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her inspirational efforts by Suzie Reynolds, Girlguiding North West England’s Region President.
More information about how you can nominate an inspirational young member will be released shortly.