Two members of Kelsall Youth Club attended a presentation at St James’s Palace, London, to receive their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.
During the gold award presentation, HRH congratulated Rachel Sirett and Justine Whitfield on their successes and heard about their individual DofE journeys over the last 18 months of hard work and dedication.
Olympian Kristian Thomas also joined in the celebrations and mixed with those receiving awards.
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 person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.
'They truly earned this award'
Kelsall Youth Club/DofE centre leader Pete Moore said: “Rachel and Justine were part of a team of four completing gold this year from the Kelsall group.
“Together, they pretty much had to organise every part of their individual and group achievements themselves giving them real and significant responsibility.
“They truly earned this award and we look forward to their fellow participants Alice Smith and Tom Critchley visiting the Palace soon to collect their gold awards too.”
Speaking about her DofE experience and gold award, Rachel Sirett said: “The whole DofE experience has been very challenging but great fun too.
“Working with friends on the expedition was probably the most memorable part and really feeling a sense of achievement together as a team.
“Helping to teach young children to enjoy dance as my volunteering section was also very rewarding and something I certainly will look to continue.”
To find out more about the DofE, visit www.DofE.org .