Duke of Edinburgh Award

This is a diary account of a 14 year old female who is placed with one of our carers in the South West. She has recently just completed what sounded like a challenging practice trip with her school, working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. It involved around 17 hours of walking over two days! She has been training every Friday for this and she will be doing her Bronze award in June.

‘I am 14 years of age and I am also a kid in care. I am happy to share my experience I had over the weekend doing my bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I am going to tell you how I did it and how it went.

On Friday the 17th of May at 10.45, I got dropped off at the Royal William Yard ready to start my Walk over at Mount Edgecombe for 11.00 with my group. So on Friday the 17th May, I walked for 8 hours to get over to Whitsand Bay for 7 O clock in the evening.

When we got to where we were camping, we set out tents up straight away which was lucky because as soon as our tents were ready, it started to rain but we luckily kept dry in our tents.

20 minutes later the rain stopped and we were able to cook our tea which was pasta in a tomato sauce. We all had to be in our tents at 9 O clock and we all had to stop speaking at 10 O clock. I was unable to get to sleep just like the rest of my team which meant we were all very tired in the morning but we were ok after having our breakfast.

On the second day we all woke up at 7.15 and we got out of our tent and went up to the toilets and we got washed then after we got dressed, when we came back to the toilets and started to do our breakfast which was porridge and pancakes but because I did not like porridge, I had two cereal bars and strawberry flavoured milk.

We set off at 9 O clock and we did walk for 9 hours and we returned to Cromwell ferry at 3.50 and I was so happy to see my foster dad pick me up and I was even more happy to give him my rucksack because I wanted nothing more to do with it as it had already caused me enough pain.’

I also tried to find a few quotes on the Duke of Edinburgh website which may also be useful to include in the story. Hope this is ok and will work well for a good news story.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.

For the past seven decades, our charity (Reg. no. 1072490) has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE in the UK is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth.