Accolades to students at Duke of Edinburgh awards

dofeTHE deputy mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, presented gold, silver and gold awards to over 90 young people from seven Duke of Edinburgh groups at the council’s annual awards presentation evening.

The groups included Grangewaters, OAKs, Thurrock Duke of Edinburgh Club, Grays Convent, Stanford Open Duke of Edinburgh centre, William Edwards school and a young parents group.

The deputy mayor said “The Duke of Edinburgh award is such a challenge and achievement for our young people and I am so very humbled to have had the chance to meet so many of Thurrock’s brilliant achievers of this prestigious challenge.

“The skills picked up from this opportunity will be something that will go on to inspire future generations of Thurrock”

The young people who received awards have completed over 2,500 hours of voluntary service for the community – both locally and further afield – over the last 12 months. These activities range from coaching sports to altar-serving and from teaching children to read to caring for older people.

Two silver awards participants who are also youth work apprentices with Thurrock Council, Luke Abbott and Samantha Charles, presented the evening. Other young people showcased their talents at Hassenbrook School, Hassenbrook Road, Stanford-le-Hope, where the event took place last week.

The evening, attended by councillors, parents and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award guests, also recognised the work of many volunteers who have jointly contributed over 3,300 hours of commitment to the young people and their award over the past year.

If you are interested in either taking part as a participant or registering as an adult volunteer to support the young people in gaining their awards, please contact Thurrock Council DofE head office on 07721 320414 or email

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