Top honour for Guide Isobel

Isobel Hambleton  alongside Baroness Royall and Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at the Queen's Guide ceremony.
Isobel Hambleton alongside Baroness Royall and Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at the Queen's Guide ceremony.

A GUIDE from Alnwick is leading the way after receiving the organisation’s top accolade, the coveted Queen’s Guide Award.

Isobel Hambleton was presented with the achievement by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon – herself a Queen’s Guide – at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords in London last Thursday.

The award sees participants take the lead in a number exciting areas including developing a personal skill, working within pioneering community action projects, and overseeing ambitious outdoor pursuits.

Isobel, who is assistant leader of the 2nd Alnwick (St James’) Guides and whose Queen’s Guide achievements included learning to play the piano accordion and volunteering at a day centre for the elderly, said: “Completing the Queen’s Guide Award gave me many opportunities to do voluntary work and service so it has given me an interest in finding a career that will improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Guiding has given me the opportunity to travel abroad and given me the confidence to try new challenges and meet new people.”

The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25. As well as the activities carried out by Isobel, other recipients experienced challenging and innovative programmes such as working with the homeless and raising money for national charities.

Baroness Royall said: “As a Queen’s Guide myself I know what valuable experiences these young women will have had the opportunity to benefit from on their way to achieving this.

“It is an award of which they should be very proud and I would like to congratulate everyone who has received her award today.

“I hope they all continue to enjoy the activities guiding has to offer to both adults and younger members alike.”