Two guiding volunteers from Bedford have been honoured for 40 years of service in the organisation.
Jenny Coast and Jackie Lawes received their awards at the annual, Valuing Our Volunteers awards ceremony held in Luton’s leisure and conferencing complex, Venue 360, on Sunday, November 1.
Jenny said: “The time I have spent in guiding has been amazing, both as a leader at Goldington Brownies, and now as Bedford Division Secretary.
“I have met so many wonderful people and made lifelong friendships.” Jackie added: “Working as a teacher as well as volunteering as a leader has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing young people.”
There was also a special award for Karen Keeling of 1st Flitwick Guides - the Girlguiding Anglia Award, the Anglia Brooch. The Anglia Brooch was presented in recognition of Karen’s outstanding service to guiding in Bedfordshire and the Anglia region.
Karen said: “The fact that I was nominated was wonderful but to then receive the award is such an honour, I am delighted.”
The ceremony was attended by Bedfordshire’s High Sheriff, Lady Erroll, and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Dr Nazia Khanum, both of whom presented a number of the awards.
This year the awards were in a number of categories, from five years’ service to a commendable 40 years service.
The volunters honoured have between them given 1,200 years of time to work with girls from all across Bedfordshire.
A spokeswoman for guiding said: “From 18 to 80 you’re never too old to volunteer as a Bedfordshire girl guide leader.
“Girlguiding is a super way for girls to have their own space; it gives girls a voice and has changed girl’s lives.”
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.girlguiding.org.uk/interested