Duke of Edinburgh gold award collected from Buckingham Palace

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Duke of Edinburgh gold award collected from Buckingham Palace

A four-day expedition around Mont Blanc helped one student achieve her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Kellyn Rothman attended a special event at Buckingham Palace on Monday, May 16, where the Duke himself, alongside the Earl and Countess of Wessex, met young achievers who have completed various tasks to gain the award.

Kellyn, 20, spoke to Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the event.

She said: “She was so lovely and genuinely interested in hearing about what we had to say and where we went to do our volunteering.”

Currently studying a BTEC in applied science at BCA, Kellyn has gained many skills while completing her award as well as the confidence to take on challenges.

The Altwood Close resident said: “I’m quite proud of myself for achieving it. I wanted to push myself and I now feel that I have the confidence to take on physical and mental challenges.”

Kellyn joined a team of seven on an expedition around Mont Blanc as well as volunteering as a tennis coach for toddlers, and learning to drive as part of the process to achieve the Gold Award.

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