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Betty Lowe pictured with the Ceremonial Mayor and Mayoress of Salford

Hooray for Betty! Girlguiding Greater Manchester West Congratulates Oldest Member on Award

Members of Girlguiding Greater Manchester West have been celebrating news about one of their longest standing members, Betty Lowe MBE, who received a volunteer accolade at her local hospital this June.

The County was delighted to hear of a recent success for 105-year-old Betty, Salford resident and one of Greater Manchester West’s time-honoured supporters. As well as her continuous involvement with guiding, Betty still finds the time to volunteer at her local hospital in Salford, where she is a member of the WRVS (Womens’ Royal Voluntary Service).

A keen baker, Betty helps out at Salford Royal Hospital’s Royal Voluntary Service café and was presented with a 40 years’ service award for her fantastic work with the local establishment. Many of our members will have seen Betty’s heart-warming news story that appeared on BBC North West Tonight on Thursday 26th June (if you didn’t catch it, watch it here).

Betty started her voluntary work as a young woman alongside her job at a launderette and after retiring aged 65, she continues to donate her time and support to both Girlguiding and other organisations. Looking back over the years Betty has an impressive guiding résumé and, after becoming a Guide Leader with 8th South Pendleton Guides in the 1940s and 50s she took on the challenge of a Commissioner role for South Pendleton District.

Betty is a Friend of Ashley, the County’s residential site, and has always enjoyed camping and outdoor activities. In 1996 Betty was awarded an MBE for her voluntary work with both Girlguiding and other organisations and still continues to give service in the local community.

Eighteen years on, Betty is a member of Eccles Trefoil Guild and holds the role of County Vice President for Girlguiding Greater Manchester West. Earlier this year, Betty was warmly received at Salford Museum where she opened a very special exhibition for local Brownies as part of The Big Brownie Birthday celebrations – 100 years of the Brownie section!

Betty's many years of voluntary service are a beacon of light to Greater Manchester West's hundreds of other volunteer Leaders and shows that whatever age and however much time you have, there are always opportunities to support guiding.  

Judith Glenn, Girlguiding Greater Manchester West County Commissioner, said: “We want to offer our congratulations to Betty on behalf of all her friends and supporters in Greater Manchester West. We are honoured to have her as one of our County Vice Presidents and grateful for all her help and continued support. Betty is well-loved and admired by all the people that know her and we were delighted to hear of her latest achievement.” 

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