Girlguiding volunteer Ailyn Garley, leader of Grindleton Brownies, received an unforgettable surprise when a group of girls and young women recognised her volunteer efforts.
Ailyn has been named one of 83 “Guiding Idols” in Girlguiding North West England – a new campaign led by the regional charity to recognise its volunteers for their efforts.
I’m feeling very honoured and surprised to have been nominated and I’ve had a lovely day celebrating with all the other Guiding IdolsAilyn Garley
Girlguiding North West England members were asked to nominate a “Guiding Idol” – a volunteer that they felt was an inspirational role model.
Following the nominations, a youth panel of girls and young women, aged seven to 14, were tasked with the difficult challenge of selecting nominees from each of the charity’s 17 guiding counties.
The youth panel announced they had selected 83 volunteers from across the region and each “Guiding Idol” would be invited to attend a special celebration afternoon at Girlguiding North West England’s region headquarters.
The event included thought-provoking activities, a candy floss machine for the “Guiding Idols” and an afternoon tea with a twist.
Amid the celebrations, Ailyn received a Region Thanks badge from the Region Chief Commissioner,
Julie Bell, and had yet another surprise when a plaque was unveiled in the Region Headquarters’ garden.
This was a memorable tribute that named all 83 “Guiding Idols” for their achievement.
Ailyn told the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times: “I’m feeling very honoured and surprised to have been nominated and I’ve had a lovely day celebrating with all the other Guiding Idols.”