D of E: Bede's Celebrated at Buckingham Palace
Ms French receiving a Licensed Organisation plaque from Alistair McGowan as a thank you.
Before half term, Bede's Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator Ms French attended a once in a lifetime Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London.
At the event, Bede's was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Alastair McGowan, acknowledging Bede's commitment to running the DofE and thanking the School 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.
Bede's has been delivering the DofE under its current leadership for 11 years and, since then, around 450 of its young people have undertaken their expedition with us as well volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit.
"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," Mr French explained.
Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, Bede's hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.
Ms French attended the presentation and spoke proudly about the School's involvement with the DofE, saying, “Bede's has only held our own Direct licence to deliver the DofE for just over a year, but we have worked under the East Sussex licence for many years before that.
"I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year.
"Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special.
"We value the award at Bede's because we know that it provides the opportunity to become more resilient adults in so many ways."
Ms French at Bede's Activities Fair in September.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said, “Through the DofE, Bede's 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 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.”
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.