GAP – St James’s Palace – 26 February 2019

Gold Award Presentation at St James's Palace on Tuesday 26 February 2019

524 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.


Morning presentation

Guest Presenters left to right: Cai Griffiths, James Levelle, Rob Bell, Justin Packshaw


Throne Room – Central England

Presenter – Cai Griffiths, Head of Sales, The Training and Learning Company   

“Congratulations to all the young people, I have such respect for your achievement”


Entrée Room – London

Presenter – Justin Packshaw, CEO, De Roemer

“I completed my Gold Award 30 years ago and it’s so important. Think as big as you can, challenge assumptions and grab life by the horns. You have to demand the very best of yourself, but you must have fun”


Queen Anne Room – Central England

Presenter – Rob Bell, Adventurer and Explorer

“All the accolades that you will receive are thoroughly well deserved. I know what it takes just for the expedition phase, and there is so much more to the Award than that. It’s being brave, it’s having confidence in your abilities, it’s having confidence in your commitment. That’s the achievement.”


Picture Gallery – Central England

Presenter – James Levelle, Film Maker

“I’m so honoured to be here today presenting Gold Award certificates. These amazing young people inspire me to keep pushing and bettering myself. Congratulations on your achievement. I’m genuinely privileged to be here, you should all be incredibly proud of yourselves.”


Afternoon presentation

Guest Presenters left to right: Justin Hall, Stephen Hill MBE, Frankie Seaman, David Seaman MBE, Justin Packshaw


Throne Room – North of England

Presenter – Justin Packshaw, CEO, De Roemer

“Having a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award sets you apart. You are all quite extraordinary and we are all incredibly proud of you”.


Entrée Room – North of England

Presenter – Justin Hall, National Geographic Explorer, Presenter and Film Maker

“Where others doubt, don’t be afraid to lead by example. Know that courage is your currency; bravery, determination and vision are the things you have that money cannot buy. My advice as you look to the future is simple; let your passions drive all that you do, and others will surely follow. If they don’t, you will have lived a life you loved and that is a reward in and of itself.”


Queen Anne Room – North of England

Presenter – Stephen Hill MBE, Deputy Head Teacher, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School

“It’s a great honour to be invited along today to celebrate your achievements and to present you with you Award. Congratulations to you all. You are the future – you are the next generation. Remember that through self-belief, hard work and determination and never giving up when things get tough, anything is possible.”


Picture Gallery – North of England

Presenters – David Seamen MBE and Frankie Seaman

“It’s so great to see so many happy and proud faces. Congratulations.”

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