A Girl Guide leader from Fingal has been named Trustee of the Year at the annual Charity Impact Awards in Dublin.

Helen Concannon was recognised for her tireless work as a volunteer with the River Valley Guides in Swords over the past 17 years.

As if that wasn’t enough, Helen, who hails from Galway but lives in Skerries, set up a Brownie unit for young residents of Mosney Direct Provision Centre earlier this year.

She has been Chief Commissioner of Irish Girl Guides since 2013 and works hard to ensure the organisation remains current and relevant for the youth of today.

Helen said: “Being a trustee has been a wonderful experience and an opportunity to give something back to the organisation that I joined as an eight-year-old Brownie.

“I would like to pay tribute to my fellow volunteers and staff who make my job easy by being such a wonderful team. As a girl-led organisation, it is important that trustees listen to their members and respond to their needs.”

In 2016, Helen came up with the idea of a North to South Pole trek to see if IGG members could walk 20,000km. It was embraced so wholeheartedly that girls and leaders hiked double that distance.

She is now spearheading a campaign to encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths as well as setting up a Future CEO’s Cookie Project in partnership with Dragon’s Den investor Alison Cowzer.

The Charity Impact Awards were established by umbrella group The Wheel to celebrate the impact of almost 30,000 non-profit organisations across Ireland.

Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members age five and up and new volunteer Leaders over 18. For further information, see www.irishgirlguides.ie or call 01 668 3898