Inspired teen

Rachel Picton collecting her Diana Award
Rachel Picton collecting her Diana Award
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An inspirational teenager who gives her time to volunteer with her local scout group has been saluted with the Diana Award.

Rachel Picton, from Billinge, regularly organises games and activities such as camping, archery, climbing and water sports for eight to 10-year-olds in the cub scout section.

And the 18-year-old told of her delight at being recognised with the Diana Award, which, since 1999, has been presented to young people who inspire others - in memory of the late Diana Princess of Wales.

Rachel said: “I’m really proud to receive this award and shocked to have even been nominated. I know many leaders in scouting give their time just like me so this award is very special.

“It’s really good being here for the kids and it’s great that I can give them the same opportunities that I received at that age.”

Rachel, who is studying photography, graphic design and business studies at St John Rigby College in Orrell, started in scouting at six years old before moving through the sections to become a young leader.

She is now an assistant cub scout leader in the 8th Wigan Scouts.

Rachel isn’t the only member of the Picton family involved in scouting either.

Her dad, Jeff, 47, volunteers his time as a scout leader. He also manages groups going on international trips – a significant part of modern scouting.

Jeff said: “I’m made up that Rachel has received a Diana Award and has received recognition for all her hard work. I know scouting provides a great start for young people and that our kids look up to her, so this is well deserved.

“She has done a great deal of things in scouting over the years such as being a youth ambassador and attending the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.”

The Diana Award network now consists of 39,000 young people who regularly make a positive difference in their communities.