We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Mary Zoeller has been recognised for her contribution to guiding in Surrey East and has been crowned a Coronation Champion.  Mary celebrated with her brownies – 1st Ewell Village (St Mary’s) and has been invited to go to the Windsor Castle Coronation Concert.

Congratulations Mary – we are all really proud of you!

This follows a call out to the nation to nominate their volunteer heroes. Almost 5000 entries were received, with nominations made for individuals aged 14 up to 103.  Mary impressed judges with her volunteering work for Girlguiding and other local charities. For Girlguiding, she runs a local Brownie unit, as well as being the Epsom division commissioner and assistant county commissioner.

Commenting on becoming a Coronation Champion, Mary said:It’s an honour to be named a Coronation Champion. In Girlguiding, we all work hard to make a difference to girls and young women’s lives and it’s wonderful when our volunteering efforts are recognised.

Mary Zoeller has been recognised by Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort as part of the official Coronation celebrations in conjunction with Royal Voluntary Service.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “We were completely blown away by the response to the Community Champions Awards and the huge volume of amazing nominees put forward. Our judges had a tough job selecting just 500 Champions from an array of thousands of inspirational individuals, who all deserve to be recognised and commended. “

“Each of our Coronation Champions displayed a commitment and contribution that far exceeds any expectation and we’re overjoyed to honour and thank them during this exciting point in history.”