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A West Norfolk girl has been celebrated for achieving the highest accolade she can as a Brownie.

Kathryn Pelling, 10, a Brownie in Heacham, received her Gold Award in a socially-distant presentation last Thursday.

Sara Minns, leader of the 1st Heacham Brownies, said: “This is the biggest achievement a Brownie can get and as far as I know the first one that has been awarded in the county.”#

Heacham Brownie Kathryn Pelling, 10, receives her Gold Award from leader Sara Minns in a social-distanced presentation. Picture: SUBMITTED. (32806355)
Heacham Brownie Kathryn Pelling, 10, receives her Gold Award from leader Sara Minns in a social-distanced presentation. Picture: SUBMITTED. (32806355)

Sara said she visited Kathryn at her home – while adhering to social distancing guidelines – to present her with her certificate and badge from the new Girlguiding programme which was introduced in 2019.

“Since that time, girls have been given opportunities to learn more about themselves, find their voice, be empowered to use that voice and gain skills and opportunities to achieve wonderful things,” she added.

“We remain committed to these opportunities even in these uncertain and challenging times and the girls are developing resilience and life skills.”

Heacham Brownie Kathryn Pelling, 10, taking part in activities. Picture: SUBMITTED. (32806359)
Heacham Brownie Kathryn Pelling, 10, taking part in activities. Picture: SUBMITTED. (32806359)

Kathryn has been a Brownie for three years, and as she crossed over from the old to the new programme, had to achieve numerous skills builders, unit meeting activities and interest badges from both to receive the Gold Award.

“I am incredibly proud of her and her dedication and hard work,” Sara said.

“Although this was not the way we planned – the girls plan their own celebrations – it couldn’t go without being noted and thought this would prove how resilient we can all be.”

During the coronavirus lockdown, Sara is running online meetings for the Brownies, following Girlguiding safety guidelines, and she said the girls are getting “stuck in” with activities such as badge work and learning life skills, as well as undertaking challenges.

“Once this period of isolation is over this wonderful organisation has spaces for volunteers and members,” Sara added.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Girlguiding can visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.



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