A guide leader from Morpeth has joined a handful of recipients to claim the organisation’s highest honour.
Charlotte Callaghan, who serves the 2nd Morpeth Guides, has received the Queen’s Guide Award after dedicating the last three years to a series of demanding tasks.
The challenge includes embarking on a four-day outdoor adventure, overseeing a pair of ground-breaking community projects and learning a new skill for a year.
Ms Callaghan, 22, volunteered with a charity working in the slums of India for part of her task, and also completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Just a handful of Girlguiding’s half a million members receive the Queen’s Award each year.
Ms Callaghan was invited to London to receive the honour from Chief Guide Gill Slocombe.
She said: “Without Guiding and my Queen’s Guide Award I don’t know who I would be today.
“The self-confidence I gained from the challenges showed me how determined and strong I can be.”
The scheme aims to empower young women aged 16 to 25 to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and develop leadership skills.
Ms Slocombe said: “The Queen’s Guide is all about showing young women that they have the potential to take on any challenge the world throws at them and become tomorrow’s leaders.”