Star studded Presentation

A host of stars join HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in congratulating young people on achieving their Gold DofE on 16 May 2013.

Over seven hundred young people from all backgrounds across the UK attended St James’s Palace this week to receive their Gold DofE Award and meet with the Charity’s Patron HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Among the celebrity presenters joining HRH in congratulating the dedicated young people were actress and national treasure Joanna Lumley, two of last weekend’s BAFTA winning television presenters Michael Palin and Ade Adepitan, former Dragon and business extraordinaire Theo Paphitis and the BBC’s award winning weather lady, Carol Kirkwood.

In order to get to Gold, each of the 737 DofE participants dedicated their time to a diverse range of challenges for a period of at least 18 months, working diligently through five sections of the esteemed Award programme: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential. Nearly £23 million is put back into society through DofE volunteering.

BAFTA winning actor, writer and television presenter, Michael Palin said:

“The DofE is rightly prestigious and the help and support it gives, and the initiative and sense of achievement it encourages, is enormously valuable to young people today.”

Peter Westgarth, CEO at The DofE said:

“Every year the number of recipients at our DofE Gold Award Presentations increases dramatically and the support we receive from our Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and our Trustee HRH The Earl of Wessex is unfaltering. Our celebrity supporters too play a key role in recognising the achievements of our young people, making their Gold DofE Award presentation all the more special.”

The young people who were presented with their Gold DofE Awards come from all sorts of backgrounds including young employees who undertook the DofE Business programme run with British Gas and VINCI Construction Group apprentices, and young trainees from Peter Jones and Lloyds Banking Group.

There are currently over 280,000 young people taking part in DofE programmes across the UK in centres ranging from youth clubs and businesses to young offender institutions, schools, universities and academies. Over two million young people in the UK have completed a DofE programme since it began in 1956. The DofE gives young people a sense of achievement and helps them develop the key attributes employers are crying out for from young people today; self-management, team working, leadership and communication skills.

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