A Girls’ Brigade leader has earned praise after supporting other members throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

A trio of national lockdowns and government restrictions have resulted in Girls’ Brigade groups up and down the country being unable to meet.

It has been no different for the First Hawkwell Girls’ Brigade, but 25-year-old Rochford resident Grace Claydon has been dubbed a community hero after taking advantage of the wonders of modern technology to ensure the youngsters remain in contact in these tough times.

Grace, who has been a member of the First Hawkwell Girls’ Brigade for two decades, even arranged a virtual awards ceremony to boost morale.

Her mother, Sally, is proud of how Grace has shown support during the Covid-19 crisis.

Grace Claydon Girls Brigade Leader with 1st Hawkwell GB Group

Grace Claydon Girls Brigade Leader with 1st Hawkwell GB Group

She said: “Grace is a volunteer leader with The Girls’ Brigade and throughout the lockdowns she has led weekly Zoom meetings for two different age groups.

“She has spearheaded the response to the situation by organising packs for each girl containing all the resources and craft materials that the girls need from week to week.

“Grace often delivers these herself on foot.

“In the summer, she organised an online awards ceremony for the girls and their parents to celebrate the girls’ achievements, even organising for leaders to surprise girls on their doorsteps with trophies and prizes.


“She puts her heart and soul into making sure each girl feels included and supported through this tough time, as well as making sure there’s lots of fun and laughter in the Zoom meetings.

“Many parents have shown appreciation and expressed how much their daughters value their weekly Girls’ Brigade Zoom.”

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