08 Jun Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards
On Thursday 24th May Mr Hargreaves and I attended a Gold Award Presentation event in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, where two ex-students from Jo Richardson received their Gold Award certificates.
We met Sophie Countess of Wessex, who spoke to the young people receiving their awards and to Mr Hargreaves about his participation in the Diamond Award. Shirley Ballas (Head Judge of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’) spoke about her life and background in dance and she also presented the certificates to the young people. The ex-students receiving their awards were Stephanie Taylor, who now works for the DofE in their London Office and Billy Simson, who is completing a degree and serving an apprenticeship with Transport for London.
It was also lovely to meet Stephanie and Billy’s guests, Mr Taylor, Stephanie’s father, and Billy’s Grandad Ron.
It was a wonderful occasion and a very enjoyable celebration. Congratulations to Billy and Stephanie on their considerable achievements in completing the five sections of their award. Hopefully they will inspire many more Jo Richardson students to follow in their footsteps.
D of E Manager