Sussex residents asked to share Duke of Edinburgh Award memories to celebrate Prince Philip’s legacy
People in Sussex who have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) are being asked to contribute their stories to help build a nationwide collection of ‘DoE memories’ in tribute to Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity is asking anyone who’s been involved across the decades – from current participants and older alumni to the tens of thousands of people who help deliver the DofE across the UK every year – to share their experiences in celebration of The Duke’s legacy.
The stories will be used to inspire more young people to start creating their own memories with DofE.
And the charity will present a physical copy to the Royal Collection, so the stories can be remembered forever.
The collection already includes memories from well-known alumni such as actress Nina Wadia, Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft and adventurer Levison Wood.
In her memory, Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE said: “I completed my bronze award in 2007 and learnt a level of independence and resilience that I have taken forward with me and that I am sure I would not have had my level of sporting success without.
“Through the award, I gained the confidence that I can do anything I want to, with a little bit of help.
“I will forever be grateful to The Duke of Edinburgh for giving me the experiences and opportunities that I have had through his charity and the support they continue to provide.”
Ruth Marvel, chief executive of the DofE, said: “Nobody forgets their DofE – the connection with someone new while volunteering, the inedible meal you made around the campfire, the power at your fingertips as you learn to code.
“Yet it’s also often the changes that happen inside you that make the deepest impression: recognising how the skills, resilience and self-belief you’ve built through your DofE helped you be ready for anything.
“The incredible legacy of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has empowered millions across the UK.
“Nearly 1 in 10 people has taken part in a DofE Bronze Award.
“We want to bring their stories together as a powerful tribute to HRH Prince Phillip and to inspire the next generation of young people to embark on their own DofE adventure.”
To share your memory with the charity, visit its website here.