Duke of Edinburgh accolades for Midhurst youngsters

The group celebrate their awards SUS-141208-153152001
The group celebrate their awards SUS-141208-153152001

TWENTY young people were given their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a presentation evening at the new Midhurst Youth Facility.

Principal of Midhurst Rother College, Dr Joe Vitagliano, presented the youngsters with their certificates and praised their ‘effort and commitment.’

He added: “The commitment the group have shown in achieving the award is reflective of the general attitude of the community to which they belong.”

One of the Duke of Edinburgh leaders, Colin Hughes, said he was incredibly proud of the determination and hard work shown by his teams.

Each participant must take part in three activities - a physical activity, a skill and a voluntary service, two of which must be undertaken over a period of three months, and one for six months.

Voluntary tasks included helping with youth groups, gardening for elderly neighbours, working in charity shops and giving up their time at animal rescue and training centres.

Physical activities undertaken were kick-boxing, rock climbing, athletics, horse riding, football and rugby.

Four other members of the Midhurst Duke of Edinburgh group have returned from Dartmoor, where they successfully completed 
the Gold Qualifying Expedition. Walking for some 55 miles they circumnavigated Dartmoor, camping wild on the moor fully self sufficient.

All four - Olivia Winther, Jo Cook, Zac Simmonds and Jack Benham – are now putting up their blistered feet before visiting St James’ Palace to receive their Gold Awards.