Youngsters win Duke’s awards

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Youngsters have taken on new challenges to become the latest to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

More than 150 young people from schools, colleges, open award centres and voluntary organisations in Derbyshire have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold awards during the past four months.

Derbyshire County Council hosted a celebration event where family and friends saw award winners receive their certificates and badges.

Council Chairman George Wharmby, said: “It was great to see so many young people receiving their awards. A lot of hard work goes into achieving all levels of the award which is recognised by employers as a sign of drive and commitment.”

The Award helps young people to gain confidence and independence while offering the chance to try new activities and hobbies.

Among the winners were:

Gold Award: Lady Manners - Millie Goodwin and Yasmin Spencer; Youlgrave D of E Group - James Parker.

Silver Award: Chapel High - Scott McDonald-Webb and Luke Ortton; Lady Manners - Frederica Cooke; St Thomas More - Joanna Brown, Charlotte Gould, Charlotte Higgins, Thomas Pitts, Louisa Ramsay and Bethany Simpson.

Bronze Award: Buxton Community - Lisa Redfern; Chapel High - Judith Browne, Patrick Connolly, Natalie Daniels, Becky Lisle, Matthew Mellor, and Sherrie Webster; Hope Valley College - Josephine Bellhouse; Lady Manners - Eleanor Barber and Ben Cooke; New Mills School - Stewart Nichol and Stephanie Sweetmore; St Thomas More - Katriona Budenberg, Hannah Faugno, Lydia Fitzgerald, Daniel Hunt, Melissa Johnson, Thomas Pitts, Sebastian Rimmer, Lawrence Short and Charlie Wild; Youlgrave DofE Group - Katy Beale, Ella Beeby, Stephanie Hickman and Rebecca Norfolk.