PLUCKY pensioners in Lancing have taken up a host of challenges to complete an international award.
The Discovery Award is an achievement aimed at the over 50s and people have to complete a range of challenges, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme for young people.
Three members of Lancing District Trefoil Guild were presented with certificates by Sussex West president Hazel Barkworth at St Michael’s Church hall, south Street, Lancing, last week.
Heather Garrett and Olive Leonard achieved the gold standard, and Frances Garrard reached the silver standard.
Carson Albury, Adur District Council chairman, attended the ceremony and remarked on the trio’s amazing achievements, considering their age.
Olive, 87, of The Crescent, Lancing, said: “Guiding is still popular, giving girls such great opportunities. I wonder if many people realise that Guiding is not just for the young. The Trefoil Guild is for those who have been in Guiding, and for anyone who wishes they had been, but are older.
“The Discovery Award is based on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with the same four sections. It is open to anyone over the age of 50 feeling they need to find new interests.”
Keen to promote the activities of the Trefoil Guild, Olive explained how she had achieved the gold standard.
“For my community service, I opened a charity shop in Lancing, to support my daughter’s charity, Electric Storm Youth, which is on the corner of South Street and Culver Road.
“For my new hobby, I joined Lancing Art Club, produced a portfolio using several mediums, and had pictures submitted in the exhibition.
“For my new activity, I joined a line dancing group.
“For my journey, I travelled 25,000 miles to attend the world gathering of former Scouts and Guides at Sydney Olympic Park, visiting family and friends and returning across Australia by train over three days, then flying home from Perth.”
The Discovery Award is operated across the UK, as well as Australia, Canada and Malta.
It is named after Ernest Shackleton’s expedition shop, Discovery, which is anchored off Discovery Point in Dundee.
The award is operated through the Discovery Award Federation, which works to enhance the lives of all those over 50 years and to provide the incentive, through personal challenges, to lead a happy healthy and active life in later years.
Visit www.discoveryaward.org.uk for more information.
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