Royal date for young achiever

Julia Bond, of Collingham, with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award outside St James's Palace. (s)
Julia Bond, of Collingham, with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award outside St James's Palace. (s)

A COLLINGHAM youngster was among hundreds of achievers from across the UK to receive her Duke of Edinburgh gold award certificate at St James’ Palace this week.

Julia Bond attended St Aidans and St John Fishers Associated Sixth Form where she achieved her prestigious award and collected her certificate from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.

The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a unique event marking the end of the hard work and determination needed to earn the standard.

Julia worked tirelessly through the five sections of her DofE programme over 18 months.

Her diverse activities included setting up an events company through the Young Enterprise initiative, attending a creative writing week and helping art students.

Julia said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award provided me with confidence in my abilities and additionally helped me to realise how determined I could be in difficult or unusual circumstances.

“Additionally, I feel that I benefited from this experience through the help of my group and our effective use of team work, without this we would not have been able to achieve this award.

“I intend to use the skills I have learnt from this experience to spur me on in my current university studies, voluntary work and future career ambitions.”

Julia’s Gold Award helped her to gain a place at Northumbria University where she is now in her second year studying English Literature and Creative.