Queens Award for Hounslow Guiding Group
Hounslow Brownie and Guide Leader Pat Spencer bubbled with pride and happiness as she was presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on 29th June at Bell Road Methodist Church. The award for voluntary groups is equivalent to the MBE for individuals. Pat, who has given over thirty years of dedicated and exceptional voluntary service to the 1st Hounslow and 6th Hounslow Brownies and 1st Hounslow Guides, Girlguiding Middlesex South West County, received the award on behalf of her Girlguiding group.
Nominated by a parent Rena Wallace, the award, one of only four made in Greater London in 2016, was presented by Representative Deputy Lieutenant Maria Pedro in the presence of Mayor Councillor Ajmer Grewal and Pip McKerrow, Chief Commissioner of Girlguiding London and South East. In their addresses, both the Mayor and the Representative Deputy Lieutenant spoke gratefully of the huge and positive contribution made by the group to the lives of so many girls.
Commenting on the award Pat said:
“I feel overwhelmed by everything but so grateful to Rena who nominated me and my group. If it wasn’t for my group and certainly my colleagues, who help me every week perhaps we wouldn’t have got this award. It’s still a fantastic, fantastic achievement and I can’t thank everybody enough. It’s a real team effort, it has to be.”
Guests who included current and past members of the group, families and friends, local councilors and church representatives, heard young adults Megan Furborough and Jessica Watts praise the invaluable contribution which this group and Guiding had made and continue to make to their lives.
Tea, cake and rousing campfire songs rounded off a most joyful occasion celebrating the voluntary work of so many in Hounslow. Representatives from Girlguiding, Scouts, Volunteer Police Cadets and YOU London (Youth Organisations in Uniform) were happy to be a part of the celebrations.