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Young people from across Cambridgeshire gathered for a special ceremony at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre on Saturday (5 January) to mark their achievement in gaining Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Mr Richard Barnwell presented the young people with certificates of commendation in front of parents, grandparents, siblings, supporters, leaders and guests at the ceremony organised by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The event was chaired by Erin Grant, a previous Gold Awardee. Seven young people gave speeches about their experiences, which highlighted the breadth and variety of the activities they had enjoyed to attain their awards. Participants at the presentation had taken part in activities in all areas of the UK, Morocco, Thailand, Africa and the Alps. Challenge and Adventure were common themes in the young people's achievements.

To achieve their Gold award each of the participants had to take part in a physical activity (Physical section), pursue a personal interest (Skill section), spend a minimum of 12 months volunteering (Volunteering section), complete a 4-day expedition (Expedition section) and join a 5 day residential experience (Residential section). 

Individual recipients take between 12 months and nine years to complete all sections of their awards. The final stage will be to receive their Gold certificates at a Royal presentation in St James’s Palace in London, where they will meet HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex.

If you would like to get involved as a DofE Participant or a DofE Volunteer leader in Cambridgeshire please contact the Cambridgeshire County Council DofE Manager : [email protected]

Vice Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire Mr Richard Barnwell presented the young people with certificates of commendation at a special ceremony at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 5 January.


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