DETERMINED young people from East Sussex were celebrating last month after achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) - the highest accolade of the DofE programme.
More than 150 people - including family, friends, DofE leaders and local dignitaries - gathered at a special evening ceremony in the Birley Centre, Eastbourne.
The gold award is recognised as the world’s leading achievement award for young people.
It takes a minimum of 12 months to gain a Gold Award, although many undertake DofE activities over a much longer period.
To achieve the award, a young person has to volunteer in their local community, learn a new skill, achieve at a physical activity and plan and undertake an expedition.
For the Gold Award, the 54 East Sussex participants also spent five days on a residential project either in the UK or abroad.
Several of the Gold Award holders gave short presentations and demonstrations to illustrate the diverse range of activities they undertook to achieve their DofE Awards, from designing a website or dog walking for the Cinnamon Trust, to teaching in a school in Kenya.
The evening was hosted by the chairman of East Sussex County Council, Chris Dowling, and the certificates and badges were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.
Lead member for children’s and adults’ services cllr David Elkin, said: “Gaining a Gold DofE Award is truly an achievement to be proud of.
“It shows real commitment, determination and resourcefulness and I am pleased and proud to add my congratulations to the young people involved.”
Readers wishing to find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or to find their nearest DofE Centre, can call 01323 727852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can also be found at www.DofE.org.