Girls are real troopers

Pictured (L-R) are Chief Guide Liz Burnley, Emma Maxfield, Anna Maxfield, Linda Maxfield and North East England's Chief Commissioner Hilary Cooper at the Queen's Guide ceremony.
Pictured (L-R) are Chief Guide Liz Burnley, Emma Maxfield, Anna Maxfield, Linda Maxfield and North East England's Chief Commissioner Hilary Cooper at the Queen's Guide ceremony.

THREE Doncaster sisters are leading by example after receiving the UK’s top Girl Guides accolade.

It was a family affair for Linda, Anna and Emma Maxfield who all picked up the coveted Queen’s Guide Award - The most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25.

The award was presented to Linda, 20, Anna, 21, and Emma, 23, of Sutton by Baroness Hayman, Lord Speaker at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords. The Baroness Royal is a Queen’s Guide.

Linda, whose Queen’s Guide achievements included a trip to Spain and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, said: “The Queen’s Guide award has shown me that I can complete things that can be a challenge, and do this to a high standard.”

Anna received the honour after taking part in a trip to Portugal and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh exploration of the Lake District.

She added: “Guiding has given me the opportunity to challenge myself and allowed me to do things I never thought I could, such as my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Things such as this, as well as being an assistant guider, have massively boosted my self confidence and I have met a lot of friends I will have for life.”

Emma, whose Queen’s Guide achievements included organising an exploration camp, said: “The award has given me a real thirst for life and taught me to be determined to do what I want to do.

“I know now that I can do anything that I put my mind to and I have many skills, experiences and friends behind me to help me face any challenges in the future - what ever they might be.”

Former Campsmount School pupils Anna, Emma and Linda of Main Street were joined by around 30 young women from across the UK to received their Queen’s Guide.

“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.” Baroness Royal said: ‘As a Queen’s Guide myself I know what valuable experiences these young women will have had the opportunity to benefit from on their way to achieving this.

“It is an award of which they should be very proud and I would like to congratulate everyone who has received her award.

“I hope they all continue to enjoy the activities guiding has to offer to both adults and younger members alike.”