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Twickenham Rainbow receives top Guiding award for bravery after rescuing brother from drowning

A young Rainbow from Twickenham has received a national award from Girlguiding for her heroic actions.

Emilia, 6, a member of 7th Twickenham Rainbows, was on holiday with her parents and younger brother, Aubin, in Australia when she showed extreme courage. Both Emilia and her brother were enjoying the swimming pool, but when they got out, Emilia’s brother wasn’t there. She looked round, and saw Aubin at the bottom of the pool. Emilia’s quick thinking and courage saved her brother from drowning; she dived down and pulled unconscious Aubin to the surface. Emilia’s dad called for help while her mum performed CPR on her young son. Help arrived at the Hunter Valley, and they were soon airlifted to hospital.

On returning home, Emilia’s mum explained to her Rainbow leader, Hannah, what had happened while they were away. Inspired by their story, Hannah nominated Emilia for a Guiding Star award for her act of bravery and heroism.

Emilia was presented with her Guiding Star Award at an event with girls from across Twickenham District. Ros Townsend, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Greater London West, said, “Emilia is a brave little girl doing what she did, and I’m proud to present her award.”

The Guiding Star rewards bravery and determination in challenging situations, and can be awarded to any young member of Girlguiding, up to her 26th birthday, who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility during an incident.



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