Guiding light Kettering 22-year-old gets Queen’s award

Emily Wyldes receiving her Queen's Guide Award from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe

Emily Wyldes receiving her Queen's Guide Award from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe

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A Girlguiding member from Kettering is poised to make her mark on the next generation of leaders after earning the charity’s highest accolade – the Queen’s Guide Award.

Emily Wyldes, 22, has dedicated two-and-a-half years working toward guiding’s top award – a feat achieved by only a handful of Girlguiding’s half a million members annually.

The Queen’s Guide Award empowers young women to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and develop vital leadership skills to help them improve their own lives and the lives of others.

Among the tasks Emily chose to tackle were completing her adult leadership qualification in guiding and carrying out a research project on disability.

She received her award from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at a ceremony in London on November 18.

Emily, who is leader of the 1st Orlingbury Guides, said: “I have autism so a lot of the tasks definitely proved challenging to me. I have never been good at organising so the tasks were challenging, but I am proud of what I’ve done and have achieved new skills and new found confidence.

“Completing my Queen’s Guide Award has given me more confidence in myself to be able to be more independent and to cope in stressful situations. I’ve had to run a business on my own for four months so doing this award has really helped me towards owning my own business.”

Emily is a Dog Groomer at The Dog House Grooming Salon in Irthlingborough.