First Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adventure hailed a success

Hundreds of DofE Adventurers battled the elements in the Peak District this weekend and raised over £100,000 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Charity.

720 Adventurers aged between 18 and 70 signed up for the one-day 25km (Saturday) or two-day 50km hike. They set off in challenging weather conditions from Bamford, Derbyshire and followed a signposted or self-navigated route.

The Charity is best known for helping young people push their boundaries and the inaugural fundraising event enabled Adventurers to get a taste of the Expedition section of a DofE programme. Despite rain, wind and mud, which made climbing the steep hills event more challenging, spirits remained high throughout. Crossing the finish line they received a well-deserved medal and certificate.

Everyone enjoyed an overnight stay at Base Camp where tents, campfires, hot showers and live entertainment were all provided.

Participants travelled from across the UK for the event, each with their personal reason for taking part.

Teachers Victoria Hinde-Taylor and Alison Riley help run the DofE at Merchants’ Academy in Bristol. Victoria said: “We’ve seen first-hand the difference the DofE makes to our pupils, instilling qualities including confidence, self-belief and determination. Many of them come from disadvantaged backgrounds and find their aspirations rise when they see what they can achieve. We wanted to take on this challenge to push ourselves, and to provide inspiration to them. We had a blast! 50k is the hardest thing that I have ever done but the support, facilities and fellow walkers were amazing.”

Rory Formstone from Wrexham took on the two-day Adventure with his dad Andrew. Crossing the finish line, Rory said: “That was a fantastic experience, harder than my Gold! We got through it together as a team.”

Many businesses also saw the value of the weekend as a team-building (and character-building) event, with teams from companies including Title Sponsors St. James’s Place Wealth Management (SJP), Silver Sponsor RSM UK, Amey, Heathrow Airport and UK Power Networks.

The DofE’s Chief Executive Peter Westgarth said: “The weekend was a huge success and I’m so delighted that we pushed out of our usual boundaries to stage a mass participation event for adults. The atmosphere was superb and the setting couldn’t have been better. We’ve always known that an appetite for adventure isn’t confined to youngsters and the huge variety of ages and backgrounds of the Adventurers taking part was inspiring.”

“I must thank my team for organising the Adventure, our sponsors at St James’s Place Wealth Management, RSM and Cotswold Outdoors, along with Amey and Hiykon, for making it possible.”

Jonathan McMahon, Joint-COO of SJP, said: “We are delighted to have supported this excellent event, which raised much needed funds for a charity that is close to our hearts. The DofE Adventure brought out determination, teamwork and camaraderie – all things, of course, DofE participants experience when doing their own DofE programmes.”

Bronze and Silver DofE Award holder, Antoni Squires, said: “What a fantastic weekend! Mud, sweat, blisters and cake. Thank you to everyone who made a tough challenge worthwhile, from the organisers, the volunteers and especially all of the great Adventurers met along the way.”

See low res images of the DofE Adventure. High resolution and video available on request: email [email protected]


Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Sarah Hames: [email protected]

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – figures correct as of 2016/17 stats

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 400,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK.  Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 2,600 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life. In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956. In 2016/2017, 133,369 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including British Gas, RSM, Amey, Heathrow, DFS and Royal Mail who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The DofE is hugely grateful to St James’s Place Wealth Management, Title Sponsors of DofE Adventure, and RSM, silver sponsors, for their support. 

St James’s Place Wealth Management

We place clients at the very heart of everything we do by providing quality, face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, families, trustees and businesses. We are committed to building and sustaining long-term relationships, with our advice personally tailored to reflect individual circumstances.

We support the DofE because, like us, it knows that everyone has different needs and requires dedicated support to make a reality of goals and potential. 

Our partnership with the DofE is part of our wider work to help young people across the UK. 88% of our employees are actively involved in our citizenship activities, which includes the provision of financial education in schools.  All of our apprentices are supported through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

We provide paid summer internships to schools and colleges. We support the employability of young people nationally. Though our charitable foundation, we donated £6.3m in 2016 to support children and young people.


Our partnership with RSM – the seventh largest international accountancy firm – started in 2006. Since the partnership began, RSM has been supporting the DofE in many creative ways. Employees across the company have been actively involved through a series of exciting and energetic fundraising events – as well as avidly supporting our own special events.

 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in more than 140 countries and territories.

For more information about the DofE go to



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