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Recognition for Gold DofE achievers

On Saturday the 5th January young people from around the county attended a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation at the Performing Arts Centre, Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon.

28 Gold DofE achievers were presented with letters of commendation by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Mr Hugh Duberly CBE.  The young people had all gained Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards during the last twelve months and their achievements were recognised at a presentation hosted by the Lord Lieutenant.

Award achievers, parents, leaders and distinguished guests attended the presentation  which was organised by the Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdon District Council.

Guests were treated to speeches from some of the recipients which highlighted some of the activities they had took part and included an inspiring account of an expedition by a disabled young person.  Participants at the presentation had taken part in activities in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland as well as the UK.

To achieve their Gold Award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity, pursue a personal interest, spend 12 months giving voluntary service, undertake a 4 day expedition and join a residential experience.  Individual recipients took between 2 and 7 years to complete all sections of their awards and the final stage is to receive their Gold certificates at a Royal presentation in St James’s Palace, London.

The expedition section always comes to mind when thinking about the DofE but the volunteering section often has the biggest impact on participants.  Young people at the presentation had assisted with holidays for disabled people, fundraised for Amnesty International, worked in charity shops, volunteered with children/young people’s groups and helped a variety of local individuals and groups.

Further details are available from the County DofE Manger, Derek Budd on 01223 715492


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