Tuesday 11th June 2013
A group of young people, who have recently undertaken their DofE Bronze award, had the opportunity to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh aboard the Cutty Sark for a royal 50th anniversary event.
The young people were invited as guests of honour, to represent both the DofE award group and Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
The event gave the young people the chance to meet a range of other people from different organisations within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
This, for all of the 8 young people who attended, was the opportunity of a lifetime and was the first event of that calibre they had been to.
The young people were all given the opportunity to speak with Prince Philip and share their experiences of completing the award. Prince Philip asked about the group about their time completing the volunteering section of the award, which included supporting disabled children with horse riding, helping to run dance school for 5-10 year olds and working alongside staff in a hospice charity shop.
The evening ended with a speech from Chris Roberts, leader of Royal Greenwich and a celebration of the work and achievements of the young people and local community members.
Sahra Jama, aged 18, who attended the event, said, “It was an experience of a lifetime, a one and only chance to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. I felt privileged to be asked to go and was proud to be going representing the DofE and the hard work that I have it in to completing my award. Taking part has opened up so many opportunities for me and has helped to boost my confidence a lot.”
Shezara Francis, aged 16, added, “I loved every minute of it! I felt like a celebrity! I’m so pleased I was chosen to go, I got the chance to speak to Prince Philip and tell him about the sections I had done for my award. It was an exciting event to go to and I met lots of new people. I really liked having the chance to go and will remember it for a long time.”