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College Students Travel to London to Receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

5th November 2014 <b></b>  College Students Travel to London to Receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

Last month, former Calderdale College students travelled to London to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards from the Duke himself.

Former Level 3 Public Services students Hannah Pratt, Daniel Keane and Rhett Richardson and former Level 3 IT student Christian Corkish are the College’s first recipients to receive the DofE Gold Award.

Former Level 3 Public Services student, Daniel Keane, 21, from Brighouse, who hopes to work for the fire service said: “Receiving my Gold DofE Award has given me great pride and proved to me that any goal is achievable. You struggle through the challenging bits, but the moment you reach the finish point on the gold expedition it is all worthwhile and the satisfaction is immense and indescribable. The day was rewarding,  memorable and a once in a lifetime opportunity!”

The event was held in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who spoke with all recipients and their guests at St James’ Palace in London.

All four students have worked extremely hard over the last three and a half years to complete the various stages of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. This included volunteering, developing practical and social skills and personal interests, improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities and planning, training and completing an expedition as well as a five day residential trip.

Dave Kitson, DofE Manager who started the DofE programme at the College, worked in his own time to ensure all students were prepared for their expeditions, he said: “It was an extremely proud moment for me both as a representative of the College and as a witness to seeing young people gain skills through the awards needed for work who have dedicated their time and effort to complete all three awards. The day was extra special for me as the Duke of Edinburgh asked me about when I had taken part in the award and my own presentation.”

Calderdale College is one of 10 providers in Yorkshire and Humber and the first College in region to deliver the award. The College is aiming to work with over 200 students over the next 2 years to help them achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Over the next 3 years the College hopes to become an Operating Authority which will enhance the provision of the award to more people in the community and utilise the fantastic facilities at the College.

If you are interested in joining the DofE Programme please call Dave Kitson, DofE Manager at the College on 01422 357 357 (9925) or alternatively, please email daveki@calderdale.ac.uk

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