Guiseley guides leader's collection efforts are rewarded

Ilkley Gazette: Jenny Pemberton, right, receiving her award from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe Jenny Pemberton, right, receiving her award from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe

A woman who helped disabled children in Romania has been given the highest award in Guiding.

Jenny Pemberton, 26, organised a collection of toys and clothes for the youngsters and travelled to Romania to deliver them herself.

Jenny, who is a leader with 1st Esholt Guides in Guiseley, embarked on the project as part of the work she needed to earn her Queen’s Guide award.

Now she has returned from Goldsmiths' Hall in London where she was officially presented with the award by Chief Guide Gill Slocombe.

Her success came after spending three years covering five themes – service in guiding, outdoor challenge, personal skill development, community action and residential.

As part of the challenge Jenny gave a concert after learning to play the Cor Anglaise, and also led a group following the Monopoly board route in London.

The collection for Romanian children was one of her biggest projects.

Jill Buddle, the District Commissioner for Girlguiding Reva, said: “She spent two weeks there visiting a number of different homes and sharing her knowledge and techniques with carers there.

“When she returned she led a series of activities with her local Guide unit focussing on developing awareness of living with disabilities, and growing links with local organisations.”

She congratulated the leader on receiving the award, and added: “This represents a massive achievement for Jenny, and the culmination of three years planning and organisation.”

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