Clitheroe Brownie enjoys Buckingham Palace tea party

Lucy Baines and her mother, Naomi
Lucy Baines and her mother, Naomi
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A Clitheroe Brownie and her mum have spent an unforgettable day at Buckingham Palace during a special celebration to mark 100 years of the Brownies.

Lucy Baines (8) and her mum, Naomi (45), took part in a tea party with a twist on the 
famous Palace lawns as they celebrated a century of Brownie adventure, friendship, community action and fun.

They were joined by the Girlguiding president, HRH the Countess of Wessex, and the UK’s number one female tennis player Laura Robson.

Tennis ace Laura, who is Big Brownie Birthday Champion,took the Wimbledon fun to the party and inspired Lucy with her tennis tips.

It was also a chance for the Countess of Wessex to thank Naomi for supporting daughter Lucy’s Brownie adventure.

Naomi, who works as a health visitor, said: “Lucy enjoys doing the different challenges at Brownies and having fun with her friends, the increased independence in a friendly, safe environment and trying new activities.

“It’s increased her confidence in speaking and widened friendships across age groups and outside school friends.”

Lucy, who attends Pendle Primary School and is a member of the 2nd Clitheroe Brownies, added: “I like doing the different challenges and having fun with friends.”

This year girls are celebrating the Big Brownie Birthday by tackling challenges big and small, from carrying out acts of kindness to taking on rafting, rock-climbing and zip wiring and raising awareness of issues affecting girls in the UK and worldwide.

As the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women,Girlguiding wants to inspire more girls with the confidence to take part in sport.The 2013 Girls’ Attitudes Survey found that 41% of girls aged 11 to 21 were being put off playing sport because they felt embarrassed wearing schools sports kit.