Congratulations to three county Senior Section members, Rachel Copping, Emily Syred and Ellen Tack, who have all achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
They all completed their award through guiding and with the support of County DofE Advisers.
Rachel’s achievements include volunteering regularly as a leader with a guiding unit called SPICE Guides, which enables girls with a range of special needs to take a full part in the guiding programme of challenges and adventures, and fundraising for a new sensory garden at the Jarman Centre, guiding’s residential centre in Duchess Drive. Rachel also learnt to drive and for her residential experience travelled to San Francisco with a group of Guides from across the region.
To complete her award, Ellen volunteered regularly with Cambourne Guides; completing her adult leader qualification, and helping to lead a group trip to a guiding world centre, Our Chalet, in Switzerland. She also learnt to drive and rowed and coxed for her university rowing club in Sunderland, and developed leadership skills by also taking on the role of Rowing Club President in her final year.
Emily, whose DofE cycling expedition in Yorkshire tested every part of her physical strength and endurance, said: “By completing the Gold Award I feel I have gained so much by developing team working skills on a trip with 43 other people I didn’t know whilst on board the STS Lord Nelson. I have learnt a great deal about myself – and the memory of being knocked over by a huge wave at the helm of the 491 ton vessel as we rounded Lands End in Gale force winds will stay with me and the other crew members forever!”
County Commissioner, Sue Carpenter, was delighted to present the awards to all three young women. She said: “It is an absolute pleasure to present Rachel, Ellen and Emily with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. They have shown that they are committed and determined young people, prepared to push the boundaries and achieve their goals. This prestigious award is a great recognition of all their hard work and achievement.”