Golden D of E Celebrations At Buckingham Palace

A group of dedicated young people from West Sussex travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards after months of hard work.

The 36 young people, from various schools and centres shared their experiences with DofE Trustee, HRH The Earl of Wessex, who congratulated them on their success. BBC news presenter Clive Myrie handed them their certificates at the event in the palace grounds last month.

Two pupils from Oak Grove College in Worthing were among the gold winners. Claire Moyle, DofE leader and sports coach at the special school, attended to see them receive their awards and said: “It was a great day, I loved seeing both George and Blake get their certificates. They both loved being able to walk around the gardens and liked the linking hands statue.

“Both George and Blake found the experience really good and Blake enjoyed the quiz about the palace and had a good go at giving the answers. George could not stop smiling and loved it when the Prince went to speak with him but was too shy to say anything. Blake talked about his residential which was public services and how much he enjoyed meeting new people and learning new skills.”

Those who achieve a gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week-long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, the chance to develop key skills for life and work.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I warmly congratulate each young person who has worked so hard to earn their prestigious gold award this year. The many experiences and skills they will have gained over 12 to18 months of dedication will, I’m sure, hold them in good stead for whatever they set their minds to in the future.”