Bexleyheath sisters win top girlguiding award
PUBLISHED: 16:04 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:17 23 April 2013
Two Bexleyheath sisters went to the House of Lords to receive girlguiding’s highest accolade on Thursday.
Emma Haslam, 26, and sister Lucy, 24, picked up the Queen’s Guide Award having dedicated years of service to the Bexleyheath and Barnehurst area group.
Lucy said: “Guiding has changed my life immensely! It has provided me with the confidence and leadership skills needed to provide the same opportunities which I have benefitted from, for the next generation of young people.
Emma added: “Guiding has helped me to gain a greater confidence which has been beneficial both in my Guiding roles and in my work. By travelling with guiding I’ve experienced wide variety of cultures and traditions and met loads of new friends!”
Emma and Lucy received their awards from Baroness Caroline Cox and chief guide Gill Slocombe – herself a former recipient.
Gill said: “The Queen’s Guide Award embodies all that’s best about guiding. The adventures that recipients experience, the skills they learn and the friendships and confidence they build will last a lifetime - and prove immensely valuable as they pursue their goals in life.
“This challenge has helped them become confident, skilled, self-reliant young women ready to make a positive difference to the world around them, and I have no doubt that they will.”
Baroness Cox added: “The Queen’s Guides are a real inspiration and I’m sure we can expect great things of them – it would not surprise me if these young women go on to make up our future generation of strong female leaders in the UK.”