Christine Wicks, Leader of 8th Worcester Park Brownies, was awarded the MBE in the New Years honours for over 40 years’ service to Girlguiding.
On Thursday 23 February Christine, was joined by her husband, Steve, and their 5 children; Leigh, Marc, Neil, Phil and Rachel to watch the ceremony at Buckingham Palace and for Christine to receive her MBE award from Her Majesty, The Queen.
Christine started as an adult leader in Clapham in 1971, and later moved to Worcester Park where she settled and started her family, and became a Leader with 8th Worcester Park Brownies. To-date she has seen over 800 girls pass through her unit, many of whom moved onto Guides and some have followed in her footsteps and trained to be adult leaders running their own Guiding units. Christine has held many appointments in her Guiding career, rising to the role of County Commissioner for 7 years until 2010 where she oversaw our County Guiding Centenary celebrations. She was at the helm when the County took part in the 2011 Lord Mayor’s show and introduced the County to the Jack Petchey Awards and the Foundation that bears his name. In just over 8 years the County has received £287,000 in awards for both girls and adult leaders from the Jack Petchey Foundation.
After receiving her MBE, Christine said “amazing recognition. I feel really privileged to be presented the award by the Queen herself. Guiding gives so many opportunities”