We’re giving it our all

Preparing to unleash the Challenger within? Why not take inspiration from some of the fantastic Challengers already taking part. No VIPs here, we’re all in it together now.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths

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Robert, Director of the IOD in Wales raised much needed funds to help the DofE in Wales by climbing the Three Peaks - Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan. The training was tough, but he and his group managed to complete the Challenge in under 33 hours!

“My target is £6,000 which represents £100 for every one of their 60 years! Over 11,000 young people sign up to the DofE in Wales every year in schools, youth groups, prisons and pupil referral units. The DofE is accessible to all, - a quarter of new participants come from socially excluded/disengaged backgrounds and a number have additional learning needs. The DofE improves self-belief, helps create responsible citizens and promotes leadership - it empowers, motivates, encourages and makes a massive difference.”

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison

Peter, Scout County Adviser for Buckinghamshire, completed his amazing Diamond Challenge of cycling over 1000 miles. At the same time, he managed to assess four DofE expeditions, compete in two sportive events and qualify as a British Cycling Ride Leader!

After being diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, I had monoclonal antibody treatment to induce remission. This is similar to chemo and as a result of the side effects I needed to change my lifestyle.

As a participant the bit that you never forget is the expedition. For most people it is the most concentrated physical and emotional challenge. Some challenges are more demanding but over longer duration. Many of us secretly hanker to experience that buzz of achievement again. This is my chance.

Rob Lucas

Rob Lucas on top of Everest

“On 12 May 2016, I successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. All of my life I’ve set myself challenges, but this one was by far the biggest and most demanding. I’ve spent many months training and preparing, but it was worth every moment to be able to say that I’ve stood on top of the world.”

HRH The Countess of Wessex

HRH The Countess of Wessex will cycle from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in its Diamond Anniversary year. The Countess, who is a long term supporter of the DofE, will cycle the 445 miles from Edinburgh to London over seven days in September. Click here to see The Countess’s JustGiving page.

Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury completed a world-first for her DofE Diamond Challenge — camping overnight on top of the O2 Arena in London. With the campsite 69m off the ground Julia braved heavy winds as she climbed to the summit to camp the night overlooking the London skyline.

Matt Johnson and Greg Burns

Still undecided, presenters Matt Johnson and Greg Burns go over options for their DofE Diamond Challenge.

Rhys Stephenson

DofE Silver Award holder, Rhys Stevenson of CBBC’s Whoops I Missed the Bus, is challenging himself to learn the piano – learning 10 songs in 10 weeks.

He’s already chosen three and is taking suggestions from the public on what the other seven should be.

You can find out more about Rhys on his JustGiving page.

Yasmin Evans

“One of my greatest passions is food, not just eating but cooking: where it originates from, how to cook it and how to perfect someone’s favourite dish. My Grandmother’s kitchen was always open, she was always cooking food, everyone was welcome and left satisfied and happy.”

“In honour of her, my DofE Diamond Challenge will be to make as many people as possible happy and satisfied – I’m hosting an open kitchen and everyone is invited! I’ll be making West Indian/Jamaican food and have asked some of my family members (the best chefs I know!) to help with it, so trust me it’ll be a taste to remember! I’m asking people to pay what they think the meal is worth, and all the money raised will go to the DofE.”

Jon Culshaw

“2016 is very exciting as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award celebrates its Diamond Anniversary. We’d like you to take the DofE Diamond Challenge. This could be perhaps learning a new skill, something adventurous, something that you particularly would like to do.”

“You can be creative and inventive and as innovative as you like. It could be a small thing, it could be lots of small things; just as long as you raise your £60, but certainly get creative and take on the DofE Diamond Challenge.”

Ray Mears

“I’ve been setting myself challenges throughout my life, from camping under the stars in the North Downs when I was a kid to exploring the Canadian wilderness earlier this year. My challenges have shaped who I am today.”

“The DofE Diamond Challenge is a fantastic idea to get people challenging themselves and pushing their personal boundaries, whilst raising money for a phenomenal cause. I urge everyone to get involved – through the challenge you’ll grow as a person, gain an amazing experience and come out the other side with the confidence to take on the world!”

There’s a Challenger in all of us. Find yours today.

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2016 marks the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In this very special year, meet some of the businesses helping to change young people’s lives.