Inspirational

Girlguiding Chief Commissioner's Award presented to Barbara Gabbitass.  Pictured some of the Girl Guides  (w110216-7d)
Girlguiding Chief Commissioner's Award presented to Barbara Gabbitass. Pictured some of the Girl Guides (w110216-7d)

WHEN Barbara Gabbitass was diagnosed with breast cancer most people might have thought she would rest while getting treatment.

But not this assistant Brownie leader from Worksop.

Instead the 60-year-old continued with her commitments to the 11th St John’s Brownies throughout the majority of her treatment, only missing a few weeks after a session of chemotherapy.

“It was one of the things that was keeping me going,” she said.

“I went to work and still did brownies every week. I couldn’t do all the trips but I did the more local things. I love helping the girls with their activites. It keeps me young.”

Barbara, who has been involved in Brownies for 23 years, was recently presented with a Chief Commissioners Award for all her work at grass roots level at a special ceremony in Staffordshire.

She was ‘elated’ to be nominated by her Brown Owl Susan Dickinson.

Barbara recently enjoyed a Thinking Day event at St Anne’s Church hall.

Around 150 girls – including rainbows, brownies and guides – from St John’s, St Anne’s and Shireoaks, to mark the joint birthday of of World Chief Guide Olave Baden-Powell and her husband, the founder of the Guides, Robert Baden-Powell.

“I’m so grateful for the treatment I got at the NHS. My cancer was detected by a routine mammogram. I would urge everybody to go for mammograms,” added Barbara.