OBs strike gold at Palace

Eight Old Brentwoods were presented with their prestigious Gold Awards - the pinnacle of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – at a glittering ceremony in St James’s Palace.

They were among 548 young people who collected their Gold Award certificates on Tuesday 2nd February in the Palace’s Picture Gallery in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The Gold Award Presentation is a unique event and a fitting finale to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance needed to strike gold. During the presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the OBs on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each one 12-18 months to complete.

The eight former students were: Matthew Dawe, Grace Franklin, Tinotenda Gonese, Joel Henderson, Karran Rajani, Oliver Sarkar, Richard Stephenson and Isabella Warren.

Adventurer and mountaineer Squash Falconer, who presented the certificates on behalf of HRH The Earl of Wessex, said: “Climbing mountains and achieving my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are two of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. Whatever your goals and dreams are, just go for it!”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who remains the Patron. Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can take part in the programme which develops key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

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. It is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people.