On Thursday 11 July 2019, Ashley Jude, Jack Kitcher and Edward Silver from The Isle of Wight College DofE centre attended their final Gold Expedition in wild country in Brecon Beacons South Wales.

Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Speaking about their DofE experience, Jack Kitcher said that during his practice 2 – 6 May.

I have got exhausted very tired, very sleepy and shattered from coming back from the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Practice Expedition in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales for 5 days, 4 nights and 3 walking days. The first day on Friday was the hardest day and had some very big mountains and the terrain was very difficult. On Saturday I walked up to Pen-Y-Fan the tallest point in South Wales 886m above sea level,

it took me a very long time to walk all the way up, but it was a very good achievement for some one with my capabilities and disabilities and what a view. Sunday morning I had frost and very light snow on my tent when I woke up in the morning this was a very different experience for me.

I know that I have to complete the final expedition in July, which is six days away with being assessed for four days and three nights

Jack Kitcher, DofE Gold Award Winner

Speaking about their Final Expedition DofE experience 11 – 16 July, Edward Silver said during their final Gold Expedition.

Everyone were all very helpful. It was the hardest, difficult and most challenging thing I have ever done. I don’t think there will ever be anything harder than the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. A lot of times I felt like giving up, but I eventually got it all done. There is a lot to do when doing doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions especially at Gold level.

Edward Silver, DofE Gold Award Winner

Terry Gaskin from, DofE Manager at the The Isle of Wight College DofE centre, who was with the participants during their practice and final expeditions for their Gold Awards, said:

I am very proud of all the young people who take part in the DOE program at any level, the personal and non-competitive nature of a DofE programme means that participants from different and diverse starting points can equally be proud of achieving a certificate based on their personal challenge and journey.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is achievable by any young person who chooses to take up its challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location.Every section of a DofE programme gives young people an opportunity to be independent, self-sufficient and to be challenged as an individual.

Terry Gaskin from , DofE Manager at IWCollege

Further Information

For further information about the DofE, please contact The IWCollege DofE Centre on 01983526631 or alternatively email terry.gaskin@iwcollege.ac.uk.


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