Student earns gold standard recognition

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A student from Halifax has earned a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award in recognition of her work with local schools.

Rachel Pygott travelled to St James’s Palace in London on March 19 to receive her certificate from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of Rachel’s achievements in completing her Gold DofE programme.

Last year, only 9,022 of the 275,000 involved in the DofE programme achieved a gold award.

Rachel completed the five sections of her DofE programme over eighteen months to achieve her Gold Award.

Her diverse activities included helping out at local schools in Halifax and Huddersfield as well as undertaking a difficult final expedition in the Lake District.

Rachel said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped me to become a more confident and well-rounded individual.”

Rachel’s gold award helped her gain a place at the University of Liverpool where she is studying English Literature.