Girlguiding Wirral County President Pat Turner and Lead Volunteer Linda Smallthwaite welcomed their guests to this years Annual Gathering and Awards night. Guests included Dame Lorna Muirhead, the Mayors of Wirral and Ellesmere Port, Region Chief Commissioner Julie Bell and Region Team Member Alex Dodd and County Co-ordinator Sarah Parkhouse, Girlguiding Wirral Ambassadors, Jane Owens, Annette Roberts, Gerry and Maggie Ellis, Trainer Simon Naylor plus Scouting colleagues, volunteer leaders, girl members and parents.
‘Tonight is a night for saying thank you to all of those who support Girlguiding Wirral to work with girls and young women across Wirral, Ellesmere Port and Neston. We have more than 3,600 girl members and 1,000 volunteers and we’re growing!’ said Linda. ‘Our members young and old, develop a fantastic skill set that helps us all whatever we do in life. It’s only through volunteers and wider support that we can offer life changing skills and experiences to girls across the area.’
71 leaders received long service awards for either 5, 10, 20, 30 or 40 years awards totalled 990 years of service from these wonderful volunteers.
County President Pat Turner said, ‘every year we are thrilled with what Guiding offers all our members. Our leaders offer fabulous weekly meetings which help girls grow into role models, many of whom go on to become our leaders of the future. Girlguiding is built on a 100+ year history of volunteers and we’re continuing to go from strength to strength changing girls lives for the better everyday.’