DofE Diamond Celebrations
DofE Manager, Dominic Argyle attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace on 16 May. At the event he was presented with a special plaque by the DofE Charity by broadcaster and comedian Greg Burns, acknowledging the School’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking the School for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
The Award is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. This prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate sixty years of the Charity.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those who were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations which 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.
Speaking about the Bancroft’s involvement with the DofE, Dominic said: “Bancroft’s has held a licence to deliver the DofE for over thirty years and I feel honoured to have been invited today. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing. I am also wholly grateful to the many colleagues at the school who help to provide the young people with these opportunities. I was also proud to witness Olutunmise (TJ) Ashaye, who left the school last summer, receive his Gold Award at the Palace on the same day.”
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said, “We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”