Girl Guide gets award in parliament

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A Morley Girlguiding superstar has received an award in Parliament from a top equality campaigner.

A group of Girlguiding gamechangers celebrated achieving Girlguiding’s highest award with campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes.

Jessica Beck, 26, from Morley, joined the celebration at the House of Commons where she was given the Award by Chief Guide Gill Slocombe and the prominent feminist campaigner Lucy-Anne.

Jessica took three years to complete the tough Queen’s Guide Award, a personal collection of challenges, which must be completed before a woman turns 26.

As well as presenting awards, campaigner and founder of the No More Page 3 campaign, Lucy Anne Holmes gave a speech about the amazing dedication of the trailblazing Queen’s Guides.

Jessica, who volunteers as a Leader with 2nd Morley Guides, selected personal challenges in fields including volunteering, social action, developing new skills and travelling to a new place. Jessica’s personal challenges included gaining a qualification so she could take large groups of Guides for a weekend away, volunteering for Wildlife Watch and helping to teach young people about wildlife and nature in the local area. The Queen’s Guide Award is the highest award achievable in Girlguiding.

Jessica said: “I am really proud of gaining my guide holiday qualification – this was a new challenge for me as part of the Queen’s Guide Award and it took a lot of hard work and preparation. It was lovely to see the Guides all enjoying themselves on our Christmas-themed weekend. I am also proud of organising a disco for over 130 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and older as I had never organised anything on that scale before.”