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E R Grove Taking Part in Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge

DSC02498This year the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) award is in its 60th year and to celebrate they are challenging us all to do the ‘Diamond challenge’.

Two of E R Grove and Co’s members of staff, Lucy and Tom, were invited to take part in a one off D of E Diamond challenge by abseiling down the Birmingham Metropolitan College building to raise funds for the D of E Charity.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is now the world’s leading youth achievement award, with millions of people across the UK and more recently across the globe holding either a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. In fact, last year 111,859 people achieved an award in the UK at 1,200 organisations.

Lucy and Tom were lucky enough to complete their Duke of Edinburgh award whilst they were at school. However, many young people do not get this opportunity. The people behind the Duke of Edinburgh scheme work tirelessly to raise funds to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their potential by equipping them with the confidence and skills they need to become work-ready, well-rounded individuals. These funds directly impact the lives of 2 million 14-24 year olds.

So, when Olympic athlete Phil Brown challenged Lucy and Tom to the Diamond challenge at the Black Country Chamber CSR event, they were more than happy to take part.

As the Diamond challenge was based in Central Birmingham, hundreds of people passed through during the day to see what was going on. There was also a royal visit from the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. The Earl dropped in to meet with the younger Diamond Challengers and some of the students that are currently doing the award. Birmingham Metropolitan College then welcomed the Earl into the college so that he could present them with a licence to operate the D of E in the college.

Once the excitement of the Earl arriving was over, Lucy and Tom made their way to the top of the building. Both Lucy and Tom agreed that the nerves really started to kick in once they reached the top, which we can all agree is only natural.

Lucy said “to begin with I was very shaky as I had to hang my legs over the side and sit backwards, which meant putting all of my trust in the instructor, my harness and the rope. It was also difficult to lean backwards in the first instance, but once I got the hang of it I loved it and before I knew it I was at the bottom.” All in all, it was a fantastic achievement and a great day out for such a good cause.

Donations are ongoing, so if you would still like to make a donation you can do on either Lucy’s Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/lucycdiamonddofe or Tom’s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/http-www-justgiving-com-Tom-Hall13 or even both!

Last modified on Monday, 09 May 2016 09:30

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