Duke of Edinburgh’s Award veteran inspires young people to succeed

21 April 2017

Young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme with YC Hertfordshire were treated to a special visit from one of the first people to complete the awards 60 years ago.

Andy Godsave presented young people from Dacorum with their Bronze Awards and sectional certificates and was pleased to see such enthusiasm for the scheme which helps young people to learn new skills and contribute to their local communities.

Andy was one of the first young people to begin his awards when it was first launched by Prince Phillip 60 years ago and he gained all three levels between 1957 and 1961.

He was delighted to share his story with young people, including his own grandson Joe, who is currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

All those present heard about Andy’s experiences and he acted as an inspiration to all those engaged with their awards.

Andy said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been a great asset in my life and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that I am extremely committed to.

“It has made me many friends and provided some great times.”

After completing his gold award, Andy was one of a group of ten Gold Award holders selected by the Royal Overseas League in London to represent the country in a two- month goodwill tour of New Zealand in 1962. A week before departure the group promoted the award and tour with a variety of the Royal family and Governmental Officials.

For more information about completing your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with YC Hertfordshire, please visit www.ychertfordshire.org