Top accolade for guide leader Katy

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KATY Gooding, from Newport Pagnell, has shown she is leading the way after receiving Girlguiding UK’s top accolade, the coveted Queen’s Guide Award.

The award was presented to Katy by Baroness Smith of Basildon – herself a former Brownie - at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords in London on Thursday, December 1.

Young women from around the UK joined Katy in receiving their Queen’s Guide Award. The award sees participants take the lead in a number exciting areas including developing a personal skill, working within pioneering community action projects, and overseeing ambitious outdoor pursuits.

Katy is an Assistant Leader with 1st Newport Pagnell Guides and is a Specialist Health Promotion Dietician for Children at Milton Keynes Hospital. Her Queen’s Guide achievements included organising a day of activities for all the Rainbows – guiding’s youngest age group - from her local area. She said: ‘Guiding has given me the opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds, ever since I started Rainbows. When I moved on my own, 60 miles from home straight from university, guiding provided me with an instant friendship network of people I knew I’d have something in common with.’

The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25. As well as the activities carried out by Katy, other recipients experienced challenging and innovative programmes such as working with the homeless and raising money for national charities.

Baroness Smith said: “The Queen’s Guide award requires a lot of dedication and hard work over the course of a year or more, and I congratulate these young women on their achievement. They are the future of guiding and I sincerely hope they will take their enthusiasm for guiding with them and explore all that Girlguiding UK has to offer.”