Chilwell Brownie Lilyarna Rovetto (7) was presented with a special award at her unit meeting last week by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s county commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst.
The Celtic Cross is given to mark exceptional courage, loyalty and commitment shown in the face of illness or disability.
Lilyarna, who was a member of 3rd Attenborough Rainbows before moving up to 1st Chilwell Brownies in March, was born with spina bifida and is a part-time wheelchair user.
She’s been an active member of Rainbows and continues to be a busy Brownie, even after a major operation in 2016 she was back at Rainbows just as soon as she could.
“I’m delighted and proud to have had such an inspirational Rainbow as part of our unit,” says Attenborough Rainbow leader Veronica Watson.
“Lilyarna made the most of being a Rainbow and has always shown real determination to join in everything with a smile on her face.
“We were sad to see her leave Rainbows, but are delighted that her Guiding journey is continuing with 1st Chilwell Brownies.”
Lilyarna’s parents and her four siblings were invited to the presentation – her two older sisters Alithia (13) and Cortney (11) are Guides and younger sister Lacey (6) is a Rainbow.
Lilyarna herself found the evening very exciting and said she intends to keep the badge forever.
“Lilyarna’s citation tells us that she is a valued – and valuable – member of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire,” reflected Jackie Brocklehurst.
“She’s a very special and resilient girl, and we’re proud to have her within Nottinghamshire’s Girlguiding family.”