A WILMSLOW guide is set to represent the UK at a prestigious scouting event in the Netherlands this summer.

Charlotte O’Brien, from Wilmslow, along with fellow guide Lucy Keyworth from Hazel Grove and scout Mike Dent from Mottram, will be heading to Roverway 2018, in The Hague, to meet and compete with other guides and scouts, improving and developing their training and skills.

Charlotte, 21, said: “At Roverway I’m looking forward to meeting new people and gaining some new skills. I’m very active at home doing gymnastics and studying bio-mechanics so I will enjoy a new challenge!”

The UK scout contingent to Roverway 2018 will be made up of more than 300 participants. They will join 3,000 other young people from other European nations to embark on nine days of adventure, fun and learning new skills for life.

After gathering in Amsterdam and taking in the sights, the event will move to The Hague for a beachside opening ceremony. The UK participants will then split up into small multi-national teams to undertake a journey around the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg where they will camp, carry out community work and ride classic Dutch tandem bikes.

All 3,000 scouts and guides will then re-group at Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde, east of Amsterdam, to attend training and development sessions, as well as enjoying a range of water activities.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls wished the trio well, saying: “I’d just like the say a massive good luck to our brilliant UK contingent. They are heading off on the trip of a lifetime.

“The diversity of people they will meet will remind us all about what the world has to offer: they will experience new cultures and make many new friends, becoming ever more tolerant and caring about others through this experience.”