Presentation Evening 2019

On Wednesday 1st May 2019 Girlguiding GMW’s Presentation Evening was hosted by Swinton Division. This year 68 long service awards were due totalling 825 years! Special congratulations go to Muriel Taylor who received her 60 year award and to Rosemary Boardman and Joyce Green who received their 50 year awards.

There were also three 40 year awards, one 30 year award, five 20 year awards, four 10 year awards and eleven 5 year awards presented on the evening.

Alongside the long service awards several members received special accolades; Alison Forshaw was presented with the Trafford award for her fundraising efforts and commitment to the GMW Bee Badge. The badges raised £5043.32 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity and, thanks to Alison and 9th Eccles Brownies, the bee badges have flown all over the UK as well as to Buckingham Palace and America. Their achievement was recognised by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham when he recently visited the unit.

The Bee Badge is also worn on the uniform of the Swan Bereavement Nurses. Melanie McDougall, one of the Swan Nurses, spoke at the event about the impact of the comfort bag project that units across GMW have supported. She said “we can’t thank everyone enough…the one thing that always gets commented on are the messages written by the girls, they are so special… Don’t ever doubt it, comfort bags make a difference”.

Mercy Mace received a Region Chief Commissioner’s Award presented by Julie Walton from NW England. For over 25 years Mercy has held many roles within GMW across all the sections as well as district and division roles. Mercy’s contribution to, and enthusiasm for, Ashley was also singled out for special praise.

Good Service Awards went to Rachel Curwen, Chris Ricketts, Paula Gray and Vicky Isaac in recognition of everything they have done, and continue to do, for Girlguiding in GMW.

Caron Hilton and Heather McBean were congratulated on the completion of Girlguiding’s trainer qualification and presented with their badges and certificates.

The younger members of GMW were also well represented with Ranger adviser Catherine Booth presenting 10 Chief Guide Challenge Awards to Rangers from across the county. Alongside this 5 Young Leaders received their Young Leader Qualification.

Congratulations to all those receiving awards; a tribute to the commitment, enthusiasm and dedication shown by our volunteers across Girlguiding Greater Manchester West.

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