Gold Award Presentation at St James's Palace on Tuesday 11 February 2020

510 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Morning Presentation

Four presenters at GAP

Left to right: Jemma Cox, Justin Rowlatt, Adam Pearson, Chris Kamara, Liz Johnson

Throne Room – South East
Presenter – Adam Pearson, Actor, Presenter and Campaigner

 

Entrée Room – South East
Presenter – Justin Rowlatt, Chief Environment Correspondent, BBC and Jemma Cox, Camera Operator and Journalist

“On our trip to Antarctica we needed many of the qualities you developed through your DofE; resilience, teamwork, initiative, determination and more. These are important characteristics that will help you make the most of all the opportunities that come your way in life, and they’ll enable you to deal with times when they get tough. Congratulations and well done for everything you’ve achieved.”

Queen Anne Room – South East
Presenter – Liz Johnson, Broadcaster, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Ability People

“It’s really hard to big yourself up but completing your Gold DofE Award does that for you. Remember that you have the potential to do whatever you want in life, even if that role doesn’t exist yet!”

Picture Gallery – South East
Presenter – Chris Kamara, TV Presenter

“Follow your dreams and ambitions. You’ve done this, so well done! How about now thinking, what’s next?”

 

Afternoon Presentation

Four presenters at GAP

Left to right: Laura Main, Hannah White, John Barrowman MBE, Jo Bradshaw

Throne Room – South West
Presenter – Hannah White, Broadcaster and Adventurer

“You can do whatever you want to do. Enjoy life and spend time with people you love. Don’t be afraid of failure, remember that no one can criticise you for trying something they’ve never done!”

Entrée Room – North of England
Presenter – Jo Bradshaw, Expedition Leader / Outdoor Instructor

“Your eyes are like a camera lens, focus them on what’s important. What are you going to do next with your DofE?”

Queen Anne Room – South West, National, Great Western Railway
Presenter – John Barrowman MBE, Entertainer

“I’m inspired to be surrounded by so many like-minded people. Young people who give to charity, help their communities, are driven go-getters and high achievers. You are the future of tomorrow – congratulations.”

Picture Gallery – South West
Presenter – Laura Main, Actress

“To have that grit and determination to get to the top of that hill or complete the 17-mile journey before you reach camp, you’ve proved to yourself that you have this inside of you, and so much more. Wishing you all the very best, and huge congratulations. You should feel great pride in this achievement. Enjoy this moment and go follow your dreams.”