Girlguiding volunteers honoured at inaugural awards ceremony hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council

Karen Keeling, Maureen Cloke and Anne Maynard receive Cheering Volunteering Awards.
Karen Keeling, Maureen Cloke and Anne Maynard receive Cheering Volunteering Awards.

Two women from Leighton Buzzard are among volunteers honoured at a new awards ceremony.

The first Cheering Volunteering Awards, hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council were presented at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on Tuesday, June 2.

Maureen Cloke, Girlguiding district commissioner for Linslade, was overwhelmed to receive Highly Commended in the Panel’s Choice Award for her services to the charity.

Maureen said: “I have been volunteering within Girlguiding for over 50 years. During that time I have held many posts, both as a leader as well as district commissioner, and it is a real privilege to receive this award.

“So many people give of their time to lead girls within Guiding and that contribution is truly priceless.”

There were seven award categories with 80 nominations, with five members of Bedfordshire Girlguiding nominated in five of those categories.

Tess Bettle from Leighton Buzzard was awarded Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for her Girlguiding work.

Gillian Plummer, leader of 1st Woodside Brownies, Slip End, Luton was also awarded Highly Commended in the Unsung Hero Category.

Karen Keeling, leader of 1st Flitwick Guides and Anne Maynard of 4th & 7th Biggleswade Brownies, were nominated in the Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement categories.

The awards are a celebration and thank you to the thousands of people in Central Bedfordshire who regularly give their time to help others.

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