OWs Laura Silovsky (left), Alice Verrill (right) and Will Loftus received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards on Wednesday 11 March at St James’s Palace in the gloriously warm Spring sunshine.
HRH Duke of Edinburgh was in attendance and was in top form, chatting freely to the young people and cracking jokes.
The awards were presented by Jim Rosenthal, the sports commentator, who read from his own Gold DoE Expedition record book from fifty years ago. He spoke of the trials of his own expedition and of the crucial teamwork, camaraderie and commitment needed to complete the trip, and specifically of the enhanced self esteem and self confidence that some of his group acquired after battling through such brutal weather conditions together. That, in particular, resonated with Ali and Laura as they had trudged in such bitter Lake District weather themselves!
Congratulations to you all!