Golden moment

Alice Meekins with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Alice Meekins with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

A former Wisbech Grammar School student has been to St James’ Palace to receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Wisbech student Alice Meekins (19), who is now at Durham University, was presented with her certificate by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in a prestigious ceremony at the palace.

The Gold Award takes over a year of regular commitment to each of the elements – service, skill, sport, residential and expedition.

In completing her award, Alice participated on the Grammar School’s charities committee Caritas, helped to run children’s activities at a National Trust property and spent five days hiking and camping independently in the Lake District, among many other things.

Alice said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my D of E experience, having gone through all three awards, and thoroughly recommend it to anyone under 25 who is considering starting the award.

“It may seem tough at times (especially when you are half way up Helvellyn in the freezing cold and pouring rain, with a massive rucksack on your aching back), but it is definitely worth it by the end.

“It is certainly something that universities and employers rate, and really builds you as a rounded person, giving you opportunities that you would certainly never otherwise get.”

She thanked Miss Barrington from the Grammar School for supporting her through five years of D of E participation.