Pupils from Lady Hawkins’ School are ready for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition, thanks to their updated equipment purchased through funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust

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School Receives Equipment for Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme             

Lady Hawkins’ School is proud to be a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and following funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust they can now provide suitable and safe equipment for the expedition section of the Award.

Being a DLC for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award means that Lady Hawkins’ School are nationally recognised and approved to organise, assess and present awards from start to finish as an official operating authority.

Jeff Kay of Lady Hawkins’ School said “We applied to the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust as although the school had some equipment for expeditions, it was in dire need of repair and updating to make it suitable and safe for use by an expanding group of participants.”

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust provided funding of just over £1,000 which was used to purchase stoves, tents, compasses and first aid kits.  Students gain personal skills as they achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards whilst also adding value to the community through the volunteering section.

John Garbutt, Chairman of the Trust added “Improving the health and fitness of young people is one of the Trusts aims, and we were delighted to be able to fund the purchase of this equipment which will be used by youngsters on expeditions whilst they strive to obtain this prestigious award.”

There are 3 levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold, each with its own timescale for completion.  Each award is split into four sections which must be completed; Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition, with an extra section for the Gold Award of Residential.

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