A Royal date with the golden touch

Fiona Taylor
Fiona Taylor

FORMER Eastbourne College student Fiona Taylor was among hundreds of young achievers who met the Duke of Edinburgh at St James’ Palace in London to collect their awards.

Fiona was a student at the college for five years and attended its DofE centre where she achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

She travelled to London in October to receive her certificate from the DofE’s patron and founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Gold Award Presentation is a celebration and recognition of Fiona’s achievements in completing her Gold DofE programme.

Fiona worked tirelessly through the five sections of her DofE programme over 15 months from September 2009 to December 2010 to achieve her gold award.

Her diverse activities included becoming an NCO in the Army section of Combined Cadet Force at the college, volunteering her time on Monday afternoons at the Eastbourne Age Concern Shop, training three times a week in the college netball team and attending a weeks expedition in the very wet Lake District in August last year.

She also joined Devon & Cornwall Police constabulary officers for a week to learn and participate in the various roles they play in the local community as well as helping clear part of Exmoor.

Throughout her DofE, Fiona was able to prove herself to be a great team member, leader, decision maker, and become a very supportive member of her group.

Fiona said, “I am still playing netball at university and my brother, Harvey has now been inspired and has just completed his bronze award and starting his silver award.

“These experiences show what an impact doing your DofE can have, and can develop the skills needed for life. My gold award helped me obtain a place at Newcastle University to read Geography.”

Fiona’s grandmother Patricia Creed joined her at St James’ Palace to watch her receive the gold award.

Fiona said, “I spoke to the Duke and he asked me about my service and I also told him I have completed the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards over the past two years.”