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Our Students Discuss the Importance of the DofE Award to ITV News

Following the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, conversations have been had around the world surrounding the legacy he has left behind and in particular his Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students at Haygrove School have taken part in the DofE for many years, and some of our students currently taking part in the DofE award were interviewed for ITV News West Country. 

Twins Connor and Lucas Gilbert are learning Braille as their challenge for their Duke of Edinburgh's bronze award for a very special reason. 

"Our sister has been blind with a brain tumour since she was two years old and we wanted to share this language with her." explained Connor.

Connor's brother Lucas added, "It's quite satisfying knowing that I can do this and I can carry this through with my life and it makes me feel quite amazed at what I have been able to do."

Year 9 student Hollie, has been volunteering at the charity 'Young Somerset' as part of her award - making online videos.

She said, "I film them on my phone and I plan them out on my laptop so I know what I'm going to say. We do themes like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, all sorts of things each week.

Classmate Matilda has also been volunteering as part of her DofE Bronze award and said, "I've been helping out at the St John's Ambulance vaccine project for my volunteering. I like having something to do during the pandemic. It's very rewarding. You feel like you are doing something to help." 

This is why the award scheme has been called one of the Duke of Edinburgh's greatest legacies. Across Bridgwater, across the country and the world, thousands of young people are making a real difference to their lives and those around them.

Click here to read the full article and watch the news report: DofE ITV News West Country

Well done to Lucas, Connor, Hollie and Matilda. #DofE

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