Congratulations to Isla, a Brownie from Doddington, who was recently presented with the prestigious anding courage and determination. Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier in the year, seven year-old Isla has shown exceptional bravery and continued to throw herself into guiding, earning her the nickname ‘Isla the Smiler’.
Jane Groves, who has recently finished her role as district commissioner for March, and Rebecca Fisher, Isla’s Brownie leader, nominated her for the award, which was approved by the Girlguiding national awards committee in June.
The awards committee were really moved by the nomination, saying that Isla “is an exceptionally brave girl who is coping with her difficulties with a resilience and resourcefulness way beyond her seven years. Known for her smiling and positive outlook, Isla has been able to cope with all her challenges and keep on taking part in her Brownie activities. Her Brownie friends speak warmly of how kind and helpful she is despite the fact she is very poorly”.
The award was presented in a socially distanced but emotional ceremony held in Isla’s front garden last week by Ann Mitchell, our County President, who took along our County Standard and was delighted to give Isla her Guiding Star badge and a special letter from the Chief Guide, Amanda Medler.