Dame Helen Mirren and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate Gold achievers

Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren celebrated young people’s achievements on Tuesday 13th October at a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at St James’s Palace, London. ‘The Queen’ star Dame Helen gave over 80 young people their Gold DofE Awards; recognition of their eighteen months or more of altruistic and challenging activity including community volunteering, and planning and undertaking an adventurous expedition.

At the event, Dame Helen was introduced to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the DofE Charity, who founded the world-leading achievement award in 1956. Since then, over five million young people in the UK have taken part in this life-changing programme. Today the DofE is widely recognised as having a long-term positive impact on young people’s prospects as they develop vital skills for both life and work including confidence, commitment, team working and a real sense of community involvement.

Dame Helen Mirren said: “These young people have demonstrated exceptional character to become Gold Award holders; they’ve pushed themselves to their very limits and beyond. I’m excited for their futures – their achievement will no doubt help open doors. I’m honoured to be part of this very special day.”

Peter Westgarth, CEO of the DofE, said: “We know how beneficial the DofE is for young people whatever their background or circumstance, whether that’s helping them get a job interview or make solid friendships. These Gold Award achievers have given themselves the best start in life and we want to extend this opportunity to hundreds of thousands more as we grow our Charity across the UK.”   

There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including schools, academies, special schools, prisons, young offender institutions, businesses and youth groups.

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