Dedicated volunteers receive special awards at ceremony

ACHIEVEMENT The work of dozens of DofE volunteers was recognised at a special ceremony
ACHIEVEMENT The work of dozens of DofE volunteers was recognised at a special ceremony
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Over 40 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) leaders and volunteers from across Hampshire were presented with long service awards at a special ceremony.

The awards celebrated the service of individuals ranging from 10 to 46 years.

Organised by the DofE team, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh diamond anniversary celebrations, the awards pay tribute to the county’s dedicated DofE leaders and volunteers celebrating 10 years or more service.

Together, the award winners have given almost 700 years’ service.

The long service certificates were presented by Nigel Atkinson Esq, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the President of The DofE Award in Hampshire.

The Lord-Lieutenant praised the volunteers for their ‘commitment’ to the DofE award in Hampshire – making a difference to the lives of young people undertaking the award, and their communities.

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for education, added: ‘We are really pleased to be able to recognise the volunteers and leaders’ contribution to the DofE Award in Hampshire. Their support and encouragement has enriched the lives of thousands of young people participating in the award over the years and we are particularly grateful as they give their time freely as volunteers.’

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards are a nationwide leading achievement award, requiring participants to spend time volunteering, learning or improving a skill, taking part in a physical activity and undertaking an expedition with a group of friends.

Completion opens doors to new jobs, cements life-long friendships, broadens interests and stretches horizons.

A selection of award-winners:

n County Open Gold Programme – Sharon Cruse: DofE trainer, assessor, training team (15 years); Brian Jack: DofE trainer, assessor, training team (20 years); Dane Oliver: DofE leader countywide, assessor (46 years)

n Ditcham Park, Petersfield DofE trainers – Justin Smith, Robin Auburn, David Chapple, Paul Milner, John Mottershead, Paul Flint and Anne Harris (all 10 years)

n Wykeham House, Fareham DofE leaders – Helen Wilson (10 years), Jan Caddy (10 years) and Anne Taylor (16 years)