Amy is among 20 presented with top Girlguiding accolade at ceremony

Amy with Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at the Queen's Guide ceremony
Amy with Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at the Queen's Guide ceremony

A STUDENT has been given a prestigious award for her services to Girl Guides.

Amy Graham, of Hughenden Road, was presented with Girlguiding UK’s top accolade, the Queen’s Guide Award.

She was one of 20 young women from around the country who received it.

The 22-year-old is a member of Vision Rangers in St Leonards and before university helped at 10th Hastings Brownies.

Her achievements included visiting the World Association of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting’s World Centre in India and helping the local community there, taking part in a Theatre in Education project called ‘HE4Me?’ which involved her going into sixth forms and colleges and challenging young peoples’ perceptions, through drama, of higher education, cooking for 26 people at Essex Jamoboree 2008, and organising a trip to Rome for her peers.

She said: “Working with my Brownies for so long has definitely made me realise that I want to lead my own Brownie group in the future.

“Working both in the community in India (Sangam) and visiting local schools and colleges has given me the passion to get involved in projects that benefit communities and make a positive difference to peoples’ lives and choices.” The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25.

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said: “Over the years the Queen’s Guide Award has given many young women an amazing sense of empowerment and confidence. I hope they will serve as an inspiration to many more young women all over the country who are thinking about getting involved in guiding.”