Three young Whitchurch people gained their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a Celebration Evening in Andover.

The DofE Awards were introduced in 1956 and are aimed at 14-24 year olds. There are three programmes leading to Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards which are taken in sequence. Participants complete a personal programme of activities in Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, with the addition of a Residential section at Gold.

The Awards are highly respected in many spheres. They are also particularly helpful when assessing CV’s of young people applying for University or employment, as they show additional commitment and life skills in addition to their academic qualifications. A DofE Award can give that very important extra edge!

At the Andover ceremony, held in the John Morgan Studio Theatre, certificates were presented to the proud recipients by mountaineer and adventurer Rhys Jones who gave a wonderful humorous talk on climbing world’s highest peaks and some of the challenges encountered. Don’t think about what can get frozen!
Rhys became the youngest to climb the world’s seven summits (highest in each continent) when he conquered Everest on his 20th birthday.

Role of Honour
The Whitchurch recipients of DofE Awards were:
Bronze: Janine Fergus
Silver: Alice Buckley
Silver: Sam Chappell

For a taster of the DofE See:

Further information on DofE see: DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS

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