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Three volunteers from Leeds have been honoured at the Girlguiding Leeds’ annual awards for their dedication to guiding over the last 40 years with a prestigious long service award.

Deborah Barker, Jackie Bennett and Sandra Goddard were presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of their 40 years of service by Jan Ali, county commissioner of Girlguiding Leeds and Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner of Girlguiding North East England.

Deborah is a leader at 3rd Pudsey Brownies, a role which she has held for the entire 40 years.  Jackie is currently a leader at 2nd Wigton Moor Brownies, having also been a district commissioner and a division and county outdoor activities advisor.  Sandra is an ID verifier for Girlguiding Leeds and a county mentor for commissioners, having served herself as a district commissioner for Beeston and division commissioner for Leeds South West, as well as being a unit leader.

Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner at Girlguiding North East England, said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been able to present these volunteers with their forty year service awards. It is people like them that really make a difference to guiding at a local group, district, division and county level.”

Jan Ali, county commissioner at Girlguiding Leeds, said, “On behalf of all volunteers in Girlguiding Leeds and all the girls, parents and volunteers that they have been involved with over the past forty years, I would like to thank them for all their hard work and the time and support that they have put into guiding within Leeds.”

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