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Our partnership with leading retailer, Next, continues to go from strength to strength. Next has been a loyal and valuable supporter of the DofE since 1994, helping young people across the UK raise their aspirations and greatly improve their life chances.

Next, whose head office is based in Leicestershire ensure they make a real impact within their local communities and work closely with our regional team to help fund and deliver a number of important initiatives benefitting young people across the Midlands.
 
Claire is one of the thousands of young people who have been supported and inspired thanks to Next. Claire suffers from ME and spends a great deal of time confined to a wheelchair. For her expedition she planned very carefully what she would be able to do and what help she would need during the practice and then actual experience. 
 
Of her achievement, Claire comments: “It says in the DofE principles that it is ‘Available to All’ – you design your own programme, which can be geared to your choice and personal circumstances. This made me even more determined that I could and would complete my Gold, and share what I’d learned to help other young people like me.”
 
The extent of the support we receive from Next doesn’t end there. We have been lucky enough to receive fabulous prizes for events, gifts in kind and have even benefitted in the fashion stakes.
 
We are grateful for the support and belief that we receive from such a well-respected company as Next, making it one of our most successful partnerships to date.   There are a number of exciting projects which are evolving and we look forward to our successful and inspiring partnership with them going ahead.