Guide leaders honoured for volunteer work by High Sheriff

High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards - Gill Lake, Keliyah Morodore-Spencer and Betsy Marley, who accepted the award on behalf of Ann Crome.
High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards - Gill Lake, Keliyah Morodore-Spencer and Betsy Marley, who accepted the award on behalf of Ann Crome.

Dedicated guide leaders have been honoured for their work by Bedfordshire’s High Sheriff.

Members of Girlguiding Bedfordshire were winners in three categories at the Citizenship Awards presented at The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, on Thursday, March 31.

County commissioner Ann Crome, Bedford division commissioner Gill Lake and young leader Keliyah Morodore-Spencer, aged 15, all received awards.

The awards are made to recognise achievement and to honour the positive work of volunteers and community groups, who regularly and freely give their time to help others.

Ann and Gill have both dedicated many hours to giving girls their own space, allowing girls a voice and in many cases, changing girl’s lives.

Keliyah has overcome huge obstacles in her personal life, including the recent death of a very close family member, to continue her work as a young leader at a guide group.

She said: “Even though things are sometimes really challenging for me at home, I still want to give back to my community. I love volunteering and being part of Girlguiding has allowed me to do that, this is very important to me.”

Gill said: “I have been volunteering within Girlguiding for many years. During that time I have held a number of posts, both as a leader as well as division commissioner, and it is a real honour to receive this award. So many people give of their time to lead girls within guiding and that contribution is truly priceless.”

Girlguiding is a charity and is looking for volunteers, so if you feel you could get involved they would love to hear from you. Call 0800 169 5901 or visit www.bedsguiding.org.uk/ get-involved

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