Surprise for Sawbridgeworth guide Perdi Squire after she wins Anglia Youth Award
As a young Guiding leader and ranger, Perdita Squire is not afraid to spread her volunteering far and wide.
The 16-year-old Sawbridgeworth girl joined the movement as a Rainbow at the age of five and volunteers at Sawbridgeworth and High Wych Girl Guiding.
But besides the help and support she gives members locally, she also joined a trip to Uganda and was involved in building toilets for girls in schools.
It’s that combination that led to Perdi being given the Anglia Youth Award for outstanding commitment to Guiding, which is the highest award the region can give to a person under 18.
Perdi said her inspiration was her mum Gilly, who runs the Sawbridgeworth pack.
The award was unexpected, but her passion for being eco-friendly was key.
She said she loves the Guides because of the “empowerment” it gives girls. “It allows girls to be young girls without any judgement,” said Perdi.
She added that her ambition was to complete the Queen’s Guide award and “one day run my own pack”.