A special celebration has been held to applaud the select few West Sussex young people awarded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award in 2017.
More than 10,000 young people in West Sussex currently take part in the award scheme and just one percent of these achieved the prestigious Gold Award this year.
Rose Cumber was one of the 70 award recipients who gathered at Worth Abbey earlier this month to receive her certificate from Lady Emma Barnard, High Sherriff of West Sussex.
The 19-year-old from Farlington School, Horsham, said: “I attended the West Sussex Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s awards ceremony and I was also honoured to give a short presentation on my time volunteering in Africa.
“It was great to see old school friends and collect our awards together and reminisce on our time and experiences during the gold expeditions. It was such a lovely afternoon in a beautiful setting.”
Supported by West Sussex County Council’s young people’s service, there are more than 60 centres delivering The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in West Sussex including schools, colleges, special schools, Open Award Centres and independent organisations.
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “To achieve the DofE Gold Award, each individual has had to go through a series of complex challenges aimed at developing skills which will assist with whichever career path they end up choosing. These sections include volunteering, physical, skills and expedition.
“Each one of these individuals has shown a dedication which will impress their future employers as well as ingenuity, problem solving ability and interpersonal skills. I wish them all the very best for their future endeavours.”
Patrick Burgess OBE, Deputy Lieutenant and Chairman of the West Sussex DofE County Committee, said: “The High Sheriff was genuinely delighted, and so was I. More importantly, so were the award winners and their families."
For information on how to get involved in DofE in West Sussex, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website at www.dofe.org.