DofE stories

Many young people find achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award life-changing; many discover their talents, broaden their life experiences and make lasting friendships along the way.

Read some inspiring stories from our DofE participants and Leaders here.

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Francesca

Francesca has had a remarkably challenging life. Aged just 21 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
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DofE story

Amy

Amy experienced daily painful partial dislocations in her knees but still undertook her DofE expeditions...
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DofE story

Jon

Read how a former young offender turned his life around through his DofE programme.
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DofE story

Becks

Becks Sanchez is a British Gas Engineer, who says volunteering through the DofE has changed her life.
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DofE story

Raphael

The DofE gave Raphael the confidence and determination to prove that he could do everything his friends could do.
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DofE story

Sam

Sam grew up in Hackney, and started his DofE at school. Watch how doing his Gold DofE changed him.
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DofE story

Nancy

Nancy grew up in Peckham, the only girl among five boys. Watch how the DofE helped her in her career.
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DofE story

Skye

Read about Skye's Gold Award Presentation experience at St James's Palace...
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DofE story

Victoria

After suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2010, read about how the DofE impacted Victoria's life.
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DofE story

Thomas Richards Vassell

Thomas' Bronze and Silver DofE helped him following a family bereavement and he is now working towards his Gold.
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DofE story

Fiona Llewellyn-Beard

Fiona achieved her Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards despite facing some considerable challenges along the way.
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DofE story

Alexandra

Alexandra is British Gas Service and Repair Engineer, find out more about how the DofE impacted her life and job.
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DofE story

Toni Ann Wood

Toni Ann has overcome learning disability and physical impairment to achieve her Bronze, Silver & Gold DofE Awards.
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DofE story

Jay Passmore

After leaving care, Jay achieved his Gold DofE Award whilst also helping others achieve their own Bronze Awards.
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DofE story

Emily Mailes

Emily was part of the first young mums group to take their children on expedition with them.
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DofE story

Maltby Hilltop School

Maltby Hilltop participants have complex learning difficulties and need additional support in some DofE activities.
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DofE story

James Burte-Carty

James Burte-Carty did his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through his school, Great Barr School.
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DofE story

Tanglwst Melville

Tanglwst has experienced the personal and professional benefits of achieving a DofE Award.
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DofE story

Kyle Kinsella

Through DofE, Kyle has found his direction in life and is now studying to become a youth worker.
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DofE story

Emmaline O'Toole

After overcoming Raynaud’s disease, Emmaline completed all three DofE Awards and discovered a love of volunteering.
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DofE story

Georgina Rastall

Georgina was unaware that her Gold DofE programme would have such a significant impact on her future career.
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DofE story

Wetherby Young Offenders Institute

Wetherby Young Offenders Institute in West Yorkshire has been delivering Bronze DofE programmes since 1997.
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DofE story

HMP Kennet

HMP Kennet has been offering the DofE to its prisoners since April 2013.
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DofE story

Eleanor Van der Zanden

The DofE has supported Eleanor on her path to her chosen career as a doctor in the military.
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DofE story

Louise Moore

Louise was inspired to become a DofE Leader after volunteering for her Gold Award
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DofE story

Bishop Walsh Catholic School

Bishop Walsh Catholic School saw DofE grow from 14 Bronzes five years ago to 130 Bronze, Silver and Golds today.
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DofE story

Sarah

Despite obstacles along the way, Sarah achieved her Gold DofE and developed confidence throughout.
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DofE story

Overcoming adversity

Nancy grew up in Peckham, London - the only girl among five boys.
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DofE story

Fuelling growth

Knights Templar, a state school in North Hertfordshire, sees 130 young people each year start their DofE programme.
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A challenge for all

Moon Hall specialises in helping dyslexic children and values the DofE highly.
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