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Blacon High students gain Duke of Edinburgh Award sponsorship

Graham Construction support 17 young people who will head for Beeston next month

Year 10 pupils from Blacon High School will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award thanks to sponsorship from contractor Graham Construction. The students are pictured with assistant headteacher and Duke of Edinburgh coordinator John Lacey with Martin Bambrick and Andy Higgins from Graham Construction

Seventeen pupils from Blacon High School will be taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award thanks to sponsorship from contractor Graham Construction.

Next month the Year 10 pupils will walk 20 miles and spend two days camping near Beeston as part of the award, navigating a route whilst carrying all of their camping equipment and food for the weekend.

Assistant headteacher and the school’s Duke of Edinburgh coordinator John Lacey said: “We want to give young people opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom to enable them to discover the outdoors and take part in a challenge that can equip them with skills for life.

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“We are thankful to Graham Construction for their support and providing this fantastic opportunity for our pupils to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.”

Through its sponsorship, Graham Construction is also supporting students who are interested in finding out more about careers in the construction industry by offering pupils work placements and site visits, as well as taking part in the school’s careers day in July.

Martin Bambrick and Andy Higgins from Graham Construction with Blacon High School pupils

 

Graham Construction is currently delivering multi-million pound projects in Chester, including the new bus interchange at Gore Stacks and the refurbishment of Seaborne Library at the University of Chester.

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Project manager at Graham Construction Martin Bambrick said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a wonderful initiative which encourages young people to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and develop new skills and qualities that employers look for, such as commitment, resilience, confidence and team work.

“It is important to inspire, support and empower young people from all backgrounds, giving them a sense of purpose and self-belief, so for us to be involved with this potentially life-changing experience is something very special.”

Assistant headteacher and Duke of Edinburgh coordinator John Lacey with Martin Bambrick and Andy Higgins from Graham Construction

 

This year the Duke of Edinburgh Award is celebrating its diamond anniversary, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe since it was founded in 1956.

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The scheme encourages young people to spend at least three months volunteering their time, developing a new skill and participating in sports or other physical recreation to improve their health and wellbeing.

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