Edward and Amber’s date at the palace

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Hundreds of young Duke of Edinburgh’s Award achievers from across the UK had a date in the prestigious setting of St. James’s Palace last month, included were Edward Goddard and Amber Capewell from Leighton Buzzard.

Edward and Amber attended Cedars Upper where the award has been run by three dedicated volunteers (Mrs V Heather, Mr G Westoby, Mr D Heather) for the past 12 years and have had the pleasure of helping Edward and Amber achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

They travelled to London to receive their certificate from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of Edward’s and Amber’s achievements in completing their Gold DofE programme. The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.

Edward and Amber worked tirelessly through the five sections of their DofE programme; taking about four years to achieve their Gold Award. Their diverse activities included working with the Scouts, competing for the Leighton Buzzard Athletics Club, learning to drive, achieving a first aid qualification and going to the gym to improve general fitness levels.

Throughout their DofE, Edward and Amber were able to prove themselves very capable at team work and decision making developing their leadership skills whilst on expedition in the Yorkshire Dales. Here Edward and Amber planned a walking route over 48km which took them four days to complete. Throughout this time they needed to be completely self sufficient.

Edward said of his experience: “DofE has given me the skills and confidence to develop my leadership skills especially in my role as Scout leader. To give back what I have learnt!”.

Amber added: “I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a person, mainly though undertaking charity work. Doing this I have learnt that I get on with a wide range of people of different ages and I also think this helped me with my part time job at Waitrose”.

Further information can be found at www.DofE.org