A Royal date with the golden touch for Evesham Sea Cadets
Hundreds of young achievers from across the UK had a date in the prestigious setting of St James’s Palace on Thursday 09th October, including Edward Betts, Matthew Annis, Jordan Griffith’s, Rupert Owen, Joshua Karlinski and Jack Williams from Evesham.
The young adults are now adult staff at Evesham Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadet Detachment where they achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Last week they travelled to London on Thursday to receive their certificates from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, on his landmark 500th Gold DofE’s Awards Presentation, since he founded the programme in 1956. Since The Duke of Edinburgh founded the Charity some seven decades ago, over two million young people in the UK from all backgrounds have taken part in a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE programme.
The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of the young staff’s achievements in their Gold DofE programme. The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.
Commanding Officer and Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator at Evesham Sea Cadets, Chief Petty Officer Keith Field said, “Through a unique programme of personal development The Duke of Edinburgh's Award helps young people to acquire essential life skills which will help them in their social and working lives, in order to get to Gold, each of our young adults have dedicated time to meet a diverse range of challenges for a period of two years, working through the five sections of the Award programme: Volunteering, Physical activity, Skills, Expedition and Residential. They all gained amazing experiences through the DofE, building new friendships and developing new skills while having an incredible time in the process. I’m immensely proud of all of them, most of them who have been with us here at Evesham Sea Cadets since the age of ten, seeing them grow from boys into responsible young men, makes all my work at Sea Cadets worthwhile and it’s fitting that they have been rewarded with one of the best awards this country has to offer, well done team”
The six young staff worked tirelessly through the five sections of their DofE programme to achieve her Gold Award. Their diverse activities included Rowing, Paddlesports, sailing, fieldcraft, caving, as well as helping others in their local community less fortunate than themselves. For their final expedition the youngsters spent four days and three nights self sufficient in the baron landscape of Snowdonia, North Wales. In addition to complete their award some of the youngsters spent two weeks in a foreign country as UK ambassadors of the Sea Cadets. Matthew visited Singapore and Jordan visited Canada. Throughout their DofE, the young adults were able to prove themselves to be an excellent team who worked together throughout all sections of the award.
Jordan, aged 18 from South Littleton, said of his experience, “Evesham Sea Cadets has helped me so much to develop into a responsible young adult and the DofE Award scheme has complimented that. It has taught me to care about my local community, improved my self confidence, and helped me develop some of my skills; the whole experience has been amazing. I have enjoyed my time completing the award and now intend to continue helping Evesham Sea Cadets to develop the youngsters of the future, to help them gain, and have the opportunities I have had”.
These experiences show what an impact doing your DofE can have, and can develop the
skills needed for life. The Gold Awards have helped the youngsters in a variety of ways, including, Joshua, aged 20 years, who joins the Royal Navy on 10th November, and Rupert Owen, aged 20years, is the Head Watersports Instructor with Aztec Leisure at Lower Moor.
Photo attached: Photo from left to right: A/PO Joshua Karlinski, A/PO Rupert Owen, PPO Matthew Annis, PPO Jordan Griffith’s, A/Sgt Edward Betts and CI Jack Williams.