A young woman has been presented with an award at the House of Commons after achieving the highest award in Girlguiding.
Katie Wormald, aged 21, a leader with 51st Doncaster Brownies was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award earlier this month by Val Elliott, the Interim Chair of Girlguiding’s Board of Trustees.
To achieve the prestigious award, Katie took on a series of challenges in areas such as social action, voluntary work and travel.
The award is for Girlguiding members aged between 16 and 25 and takes one to three years to complete.
Challenges have to be completed before they turn 26, and fewer than 150 members are presented with the award each year.
It took Katie just two years to finish her challenges. These included completing grade three piano, volunteering at an international camp and organising a Christmas camp in July.
She was also part of the Girlguiding Advocates panel learning how to influence to make the lives of girls and young women better.
As part of this she was involved in Girlguiding’s No More Page Three Campaign and spoke at the Conservative Party Conference and the Labour Woman’s Conference.
Katie said: “I have had so many amazing opportunities. I challenged myself to many new things such as public speaking, doing interviews, carrying out workshops, delivering presentations, gaining new skills in piano and organising events for large groups of people.
“It has boosted my confidence so much. It shows that I have leadership, teamwork and organisation skills and that I set goals and I am willing to work nearly three years to get that goal and not give up.”
Paralympic cyclist Hannah Dines attended the event to speak to all the award recipients.
Hannah, who has cerebral palsy, described the challenges she faced as she competed in the Paralympics in Rio and the success that drives her as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
She said, ‘It has been an honour to speak to these dedicated young women who have overcome a variety of challenges to complete their Queen’s Guide Award.
“It’s not just about the award they receive but the skills and experiences they have gained along the way and I feel sure they are all well equipped to embrace the opportunities life will bring them, I wish them good luck with their next challenges, whatever they may be.’
Val Elliott said: “These inspirational young women should be incredibly proud of their achievements and I’m honoured to present them with their awards. By achieving the Queen’s Guide Award they have shown what can be achieved through dedication and hard work. Congratulations to them all.”
Girlguiding was able to host this event, held on Saturday March 11, because of to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which supports charities and good causes locally, nationally and globally.
For more information visit www.girlguiding.org.uk and also www.postcodelottery.co.uk for more information.