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Going for Gold

Grange Sixth Form student, Millie Hawes, successfully completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award in August this year. Achieving the Gold DofE classification is a major achievement for anybody but it takes remarkable bravery and determination to overcome the extreme physical difficulties faced by this particular young person.

Millie, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, tackled a four day Gold assessed expedition in the Peak District meaning that she successfully completed the criteria to achieve the highest award available.

'When I started the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in five years ago I never dreamed I would be able to complete the Gold Award. I feel so proud that I have managed to complete all the tasks which have pushed me physically to my absolute limits and I have loved all the new skills and volunteer opportunities that I have had. This has proved to me that anything is possible and, in spite of my physical limitations, nothing should be seen as too difficult - where there's a will there's a way! I can't wait to receive my award at the Palace!'

In order to achieve the Gold D of E award, participants must spend a full twelve months volunteering for good causes, conduct a successful four day (and three night) expedition to ‘wild country', and complete a ‘Residential section'. Millie now awaits her invitation to St James' Palace where she is likely to receive her Gold award from the Duke of Edinburgh himself. In total, fifteen students from The Grange completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award this year.