We are proud to announce that Sarah Barnes has been honoured this week for her dedication to Girlguiding over the last 20 years with a prestigious Laurel Award.

Sarah, who is the leader of Wardle Guides and Senior Section Unit was presented with a specially designed brooch in honour of her years of service by the Commissioner of North West England, Sue Lomas, at a small ceremony at Watergrove Reservoir. Sarah, whilst serving up hotdogs at her guides firework display, was shocked when a small group of her closest friends and guiding colleagues descended with Sue Lomas in a mission that was aptly entitled by the group ‘Operation little box’.

Sarah first became involved in guiding when she joined 32nd Rochdale Guides as a leader in 1988 and has been a dedicated volunteer ever since.  She has taken on many roles at District, Division, County and Region levels. She is probably mostly recognised by many of you as the County Commissioner who guided the County through her 5 year term which included the Centenary celebrations. Sarah is currently the chair of Adult Support for our County as well as holding the position of Outdoor Advisor for North West England Region.

Sarah’s hard work, passion and dedication to each role, means that girls and young women in the area gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Sarah helps build the confidence of the girls she works with to help them discover their full potential.

Sarah said; “I have gotten so much out of guiding through the years and I would like to dedicate this award to all of the girls I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last 20 years because watching them take up new opportunities and achieve has been an incredibly rewarding experience”

The Laurel Award is given to any adult volunteer in recognition of outstanding service to Guiding and we would join with Lynne Scales our County Commissioner in congratulating Sarah on her much deserved award.