Tameside strikes gold in Duke of Edinburgh awards
Thursday 23rd January 2014 @ 19:30 by Max Wieland
WINNERS: Youngsters proudly show off their awards after the presentation at West Hill School.

WINNERS: Youngsters proudly show off their awards after the presentation at West Hill School.

Young people from across Tameside have set the gold standard after receiving the highest possible accolade under a youth achievement scheme.

There were 36 recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award last week, while a further 88 celebrated
receiving Silver and Bronze Awards.

The successful accomplishments were honoured at West Hill School’s Annual Duke of Edinburgh Praise and Celebration Evening, which saw over 200 certificates handed out to people aged between 15 and 21.

Jane McCabe, who is the manager of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the school, was full of praise for everyone that was rewarded, telling the Reporter: “The DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end and can be life-changing.

“We are extremely proud of all the achievements of our young people, whether they gained their bronze, silver or gold award.”

Since the awards inception in 1956, more than two million people have achieved awards and Mrs McCabe believes taking part in the scheme transforms lives after collecting a bronze, silver and gold award herself.

She said: “I wanted to get involved with the award because I wanted to give others the opportunity that I had. It’s a worthwhile and valuable scheme that all people should have the opportunity to participate in.

“When I got my awards it was one of my proudest moments and it is fabulous to see other people have that very same experience.

“The awards make you a better-rounded individual and I look forward to inspiring more people to be active, self-reliant and to give to others.”

You can read more on this story, including the full list of winners, in this weeks Tameside Reporter (January 23 edition).

Plus we have even more Duke of Edinburgh success at Hyde Community College, also in this weeks Tameside Reporter.