Scout leader Helen nominated for community award

Scout leader Helen Turner (centre).

Scout leader Helen Turner (centre). - Credit: Archant

The winners of the Halifax Giving Extra Award will be announced in February and March.

The leader of 1st Honiton Scouts has been nominated for a prestigious award - recognising her hard work in the town.

Helen Turner found out that she was up for a Halifax Giving Extra Award, which recognises and rewards people for their community work, at the end of last year. The winners will be announced in February and March.

Nominated by her daughter, Zoe Braunton-Turner, the application reads: “Helen has been a beaver leader for 24 years now and was also an army cadet instructor for over 13 years at the same time. She gets the whole scout group involved with doing things for their badge work, as well as getting them out in the community doing things to benefit the town and people of Honiton.

“She has seen lots of youngsters come through the system and seen them grow up to be responsible young people with skills that they have learnt through their scouting.

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“She gets the scout group involved with Devon Freewheelers, senior citizens and the local town council.”

Zoe goes on to say that Helen has done all of this - and more - voluntarily, while raising three children.

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Speaking to the Herald, Helen said she enjoys her role now as much as she did when she first started, almost 25 years ago.

She added: “I was surprised to find out I had been nominated for this award.

“It is just nice to see the kids come in as beavers at six years old and leave at eight years old, having learned new skills.”

Helen will find out if she has won the award on Monday, February 8.

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