Cramlington Brownie leader praised for award success

Danielle Craigs, left, with Sally Kettle.
Danielle Craigs, left, with Sally Kettle.

Brownie leader Danielle Craigs has been celebrating earning the highest honour the guiding movement has to offer at an event in Parliament.

Danielle Craigs, of Ashington, was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award in December last year and was invited to a celebration at the House of Commons in London to mark that achievement.

Among those there to congratulate the 27-year-old were Chief Guide Gill Slocombe and record-breaking ocean rower Sally Kettle.

The award involves completing a series of challenges before turning 26.

Danielle, a middle school teacher and leader of the 11th Cramlington Brownies, said: “I’m really proud of the way my photography has developed and recently used my newly-acquired skills to photograph my first christening.

“I’m really happy that I can share my experiences with girls in my Brownie group and encourage them to challenge themselves in future.”

“I’m proud that I completed the award.”

“I did it just in time before I turned 26 while working full time. “

Danielle selected personal challenges involving volunteering, social action, developing new skills and travelling to a new place.

Gill said: “It’s been fantastic to meet the Queen’s Guides.

“I’m proud of these inspirational young women who have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award by setting themselves incredible challenges and taking positive action in their communities.

“They are our next inspiring female role models who have proved they are a force for good.”

Sally added: “It’s a great pleasure to meet young women who have given so much time and commitment to complete their Queen’s Guide Award.

“It takes a huge amount of courage, as every element of the award pushes these young women to test themselves and to try something new and different.

“I’m extremely proud of them, and I hope they realise what fantastic role models they are to everyone they meet.”