Northampton guider who teaches feminism to youngsters named Inspirational Woman Award finalist

Guider, Rosemary Reid

Guider, Rosemary Reid

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A 65-year-old who has been 'instrumental' in running a girl guide unit for over 40-years has been shortlisted as an Inspirational Woman finalist.

Rosemary Reid of Abington has been a guider at the 28th Northampton Guide group since 1969, and has provided continuous service to girls aged between 5 and 18 years old.

Since she joined the group as a seven-year-old she always been a part of Northampton girl guides but now helps to manage Brownies, Rainbows and Senior Section one night a week.

Rosemary hopes the press coverage of the awards will spur women on to come forward and offer their services to the guides.

She said: "I'm hoping my spot as Inspirational Woman finalist might inspire other young women and people out there to volunteer, perhaps other people will now want to help."

As part of the national girl guiding initiative, Ms Reid tries to expand on the traditional work of the guides and teaches her group about women's rights, self-esteem and having a voice.

She said the awards, which were held at the Guildhall shows that women can do influential work.

"The five ladies [finalists] are so diverse in the work that we are doing - I don't know how they shortlisted us.

"I don't think I'm inspirational, I find guiding an inspiration."