This year is the 60th Anniversary of the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; their Diamond Anniversary. The scheme has given many thousands of young people around the country the chance to experience outdoor adventure and engage positively with their communities through voluntary work. You may know that one of the real strengths of Truro School is the provision for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and each year many pupils gain awards at all three levels.
At the Prep School we have always enjoyed hosting former prep pupils for their community service and groups of students to camp here for the night on practice expeditions. I believe that many of the values of the scheme are shared by the school in our promotion of outdoor activities and community service.
To celebrate, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme have set up their Diamond Challenge to enable those of us who perhaps missed out when we were young to undertake a challenge now to raise money for the charity. And so as I approach the end of my tenure here at Truro Prep, I felt that this might be a suitable way to do something that will both give me a challenge to mark the culmination of my 12 years here at the Prep and to fundraise for an extraordinary organisation, that seeks to help young people achieve the extraordinary. And the funds I raise will be used here in Cornwall to help local young people to take part in the scheme.
So the challenge I have set myself is to walk from the most northerly point of Cornwall (somewhere near Hartland Point) to the southernmost point on the Lizard. I would be delighted if any of you felt you were able to support me in this endeavour by making a donation to the DofE Awards Scheme through my Just Giving page: Matthew’s Cornwall North To South Challenge.
I’m planning to undertake the walk during the Easter break and will keep everyone posted on my progress as I go.
Thank you for your support, whether just moral or otherwise and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the children in due course.
All best wishes,