Three Sea Cadets from Swindon Unit travelled to Salisbury to have the incredible opportunity to row alongside HRH The Earl of Wessex as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond Challenge. The Charity is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year, having helped to transform the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe since it was founded in 1956.
The cadets greeted His Royal Highness at Salisbury Sea Cadet Unit before joining him on the River Avon to complete their DofE Diamond Challenge to row the equivalent distance from Salisbury to Windsor of 75 miles on Thursday 28 April.
Every year 2,000 Sea Cadets take part in the DofE, achieving their Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. In celebration of its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge, a one-off initiative which allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge – be that an adventure, a skill or something personal.
PO Clements OiC at Sea Cadets Swindon Unit, says: “We are delighted to be part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award anniversary year. Like Sea Cadets, it’s a fantastic organisation that offers young people the chance to challenge themselves through adventurous activities.
“Rowing with the Earl of Wessex is a memory they will never forget and it’s only by being a Sea Cadet that they have had this incredible opportunity.”
Peter Westgarth, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award adds: “As we celebrate 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, it’s clear that the Charity is an integral part of life at Sea Cadets which play an invaluable role in the development of thousands of young people across the UK. It’s fantastic to see the Sea Cadets being recognised for the outstanding work they do and enormous thanks must be given to the volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that every DofE participant makes the most of this wonderful opportunity.”
On the day Swindon Sea Cadets with other Sea Cadets from across the UK met Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Hon Peter Pleydell-Bouverie, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Richard Britton, Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Andrew Roberts, Assistant Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Mr Mark Cooper and Sea Cadets CEO, Mr Martin Coles.
And to find out more about The DofE Diamond Challenge and get involved visit: www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org