TWO former Ysgol y Gogarth pupils have been presented with the Queen's Guide Award at a special celebration in the House of Commons.

Lauren Clapham aged 23 from Conwy and Lyndsey Williams aged 21 from Llandudno are both members of 8th Llandudno Rangers which meets in Ysgol Gogarth, Llandudno.

A spokesperson for 8th Llandudno Rangers said: "To achieve the award, the highest award a young person can aim for in Guiding, involved setting their own challenges at their own pace. The special celebration was organised by Girlguiding UK.

"The award took three years to complete, and the series of challenges they faced enabled them to give sustained service to Guiding and the community, as well as developing their own skills.

"They completed more than 60 hours of volunteering for Girlguiding, including training as peer educators and helping at camps and holidays. Over a 12 month period they carried out voluntary work in their own community helping people with additional needs."

The spokesperson added: "They also helped to plan and took an active part in a two week service project in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where they stayed at one of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts centres and organised craft sessions and fun activities for the children from local orphanages and safe houses.

"Their outdoor challenge was an exploration along the Llangollen Canal in a narrow boat. For their personal skill development, Lauren chose art and Lyndsey chose kickboxing."

During the time they worked towards the Queen's Guide Award, they also achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Lauren is currently unemployed and Lyndsey is a student at Llandrillo College.