A GIRL Guide leader from Westcliff, who has dedicated more than 60 years of her life to youngsters in the community, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the King’s Birthday Honours list.
Jacky Goddard received the MBE for six decades of aid work dedicate to Girlguiding Essex South East.
The 77-year-old started out as a Brownie and went on to run her own pack.
Speaking of her role, she said: “I just love it and that is one of the things about the association, because I work in the guides and scouts, and just seeing them grow.”
Three years ago, Mrs Goddard also won the gold medal at the Citizen of Southend Awards, where the judges were amazed with her commitment to Girlguiding.
She reflected on the recent success of being awarded the MBE: “I found out a month ago, and I was a bit gobsmacked, as I did not expect to get the recognition.
“We had a small gathering on Sunday with people who recommended me and our friends.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone.”
Picture: Jacky Goddard.
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