Hastings woman achieves top Girlguiding award

Sarah Clare with her award
Sarah Clare with her award

A WOMAN has been presented with a top award for her dedication to the Girlguiding movement.

Sarah Clare, 22, of Winterbourne Close, St Leonards, won the Queen’s Guide Award.

More than 20 friends, family and Girlguiding colleagues from Girlguiding Sussex East joined her as she received the accolade.

She is a member of Concordia Rangers in St Leonards and a Leader with 2nd St Leonards Guides.

Her Queen’s Guide achievements included learning to drive, helping at a local nursery and doing a research project on early years education.

She also spent a week in Chester with the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra.

Sarah said: “This was one of the best experiences of my Guiding life. I met some really amazing people and really built on my skill as a violinist.”

She also had to plan a trip for a group of three friends to London for four nights on a budget of £100, took girls from her Guide unit on a residential to the Isle of Wight and played a central role in Hastings and St Leonards Division Sub Camp at the County’s International Camp last year.

She added: “The Queen’s Guide Award and Girlguiding have given me the opportunity to see some amazing places, take young people away on camps and holidays, complete challenges and qualifications, and encouraged me to push past my comfort zone and experience new adventures.” The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25.

Sally Buche, Girlguiding Sussex East joint county commissioner, said: “Sarah has achieved a lot for her Queen’s Guide and is very proud of her achievements as she should be, and I hope this will serve as an inspiration to many more young women all over the county who are thinking about getting involved in guiding.”