On 16th May 2016, Sue Martin, CEO of the Newquay Education Trust and Chris Lucas, Head of Outdoor Learning from Newquay Tretherras attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event Newquay Tretherras was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Ray Mears, acknowledging the school’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.
Newquay Tretherras has been delivering the DofE for 40 plus years (possibly the full 60!) and since then, hundreds of its young people have achieved a DofE Award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a week-long residential. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, Newquay Tretherras hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.
Chris Lucas, DofE Manager at Newquay Tretherras attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about their involvement with the DofE, Chris said: “One of the special things about DofE is it shows the complete person, strong in mind, body, soul and possessing a sense of adventure. This is the stuff that links an Award holder from 60 years ago to the fantastic young people receiving their awards today. We are incredibly proud of our participants’ achievements and we were delighted they that could be represented by Kyle Maywood (selected as a Diamond Ambassador), Meriel Anderson and Tamsin Moore who received their Gold Awards today. We couldn’t run the programme we do without the unerring support of our volunteers, and so I was especially pleased that Chris Gard and Keith Barker could join us, to represent the many thousands of hours our extended community volunteer to support our young people”
Mrs Samantha Fairbairn, Head of Newquay Tretherras said: “Through the DofE, Newquay Tretherras is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our staff and volunteers for the work that they do.
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need. Newquay Tretherras is planning an adventure endurance race called “No Pressure, No Diamonds” for their current Gold participants and Award Alumni to take part in this summer.