On the 24th of May I travelled to Buckingham Palace to collect my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award having achieved the final recognition of my work completed whilst I have been at HCC. Once I had I registered we had time to look around before the official ceremony. A bit of celebrity spotting and I met Greg Rutherford the Olympic Long jumper and had a quick chat about strictly! A lovely surprise was meeting up fellow HCC student Ameerah Askew who left last year to start her nursing degree. Ameerah and I completed our gold expedition together in Tuscany so was lovely to see her also receive her award on the same day as me. We spoke to the Countess of Wessex; the Duke himself and also Prince Edward and then got presented our certificate by Jon Culshaw the impressionist. The day was truly fantastic with only a select few people of my age having had the privilege to be invited to Buckingham Palace and it is something I will never forget. DofE has been an incredible experience and has given me lots of opportunities which I never thought I would even do with volunteering, to hiking in Italy for 4 days to even going to the Palace. DofE has helped me develop numerous skills which have allowed me to hopefully go to Lancaster University in September to start my degree as well as giving me some memories which I will forget.
Cerys Little, Sixth Form Student
Cerys and Greg Rutherford
Cerys and Jon Culshaw