Youngsters strike gold in Duke of Edinburgh awards

Chloe Braybrook receives her certificate
Chloe Braybrook receives her certificate

Young people from East Sussex, including several from Eastbourne, have set the gold standard after receiving the highest possible accolade in a youth achievement scheme.

The accomplishments of the county’s 44 recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) gold award were recognised in a presentation event held at Herstmonceux Castle.

The DofE programme, which is administered locally by East Sussex County Council, supports the personal development of young people through volunteering, skills, expeditions and physical accomplishments.

The evening included a presentation by University of Brighton student Chloe Braybrook, from Eastbourne, who talked about her involvement with a group which runs residential camps for disadvantaged children. The gold award holders from Eastbourne included Chloe, along with Katherine Allan, Amy Corfield, Elizabeth Hodkinson, Kenneth Lam, Siana Pendelbury and Clyde Barrett.

Councillor Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council lead member for learning and school effectiveness, said, “Completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enables participants to develop new talents, meet new people and give something back to the community.

“By achieving the Gold award, these young people have demonstrated commitment, dedication and resourcefulness – skills which can be put to use in whichever field they go into in the future.

“I’d like to commend all the Gold achievers and the volunteers and staff across the county who give up their time, energy and enthusiasm to deliver the DofE programme in East Sussex.”

The DofE is open to all young people aged 14 to 24, who must show persistence, commitment and personal development to receive an award at one of three progressive levels - bronze, silver and gold.

All levels of the award include sections on volunteering, skills, physical activity and expeditions, while the gold award includes a residential element where young people stay away from home and undertaking a shared activity with other people.