AN INSPIRATIONAL young woman from Ashton-under-Lyne has risen to the challenge to achieve the highest award in Girlguiding.
Amanda, 26, was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award at the House of Commons by Amanda Medler, Chief Guide, during a special ceremony on 15 June.
To achieve the prestigious award Amanda took on a series of personal challenges 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. The challenges must be completed between the ages of 16-25.
Amanda took 2 years to finish her challenges. These included visiting Ireland on camp and Edinburgh to complete an exploration.
Amanda said: “After achieving my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award while at school I felt I needed a new challenge. While in my final few months at university, I learned that the highest award in Girlguiding was the Queen's Guide and this was something I wanted to do. I felt proud I had achieved the award and it opened up lots of new experiences for me and enabled me to meet new people and visit new places.”
Amanda Medler, Chief Guide, said: “Girlguiding gives girls and young women the chance to build confidence and have adventures. The recipients of the Queen’s Guide Awards are an impressive group. They’ve shown what can be achieved when you’re determined and put your mind to something. They should be very proud of all they’ve achieved.”
Girlguiding was able to host this event thanks to support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery which raises money for charities and good causes across Great Britain.
Outdoor swimmer Ella Foote gave an inspirational talk at the ceremony. Over the last few years, she has completed an English Channel relay crossing, a 24-hour 12-mile swim, the Thames Marathon 14k and the Dart 10k.
Ella said: “It was amazing to hear about all the incredible challenges these young women took on to achieve their Queen’s Guide Awards. They’ve all demonstrated what can be achieved through hard work, determination and commitment and it’s really exciting to think about what adventures they’ll go on to have in the future.”
For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguidingnwe.org.uk.