A team of four teachers from Epsom based Kingswood House School got into the spirit by taking on the DofE Diamond Challenge – a one-off initiative organised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in celebration of their Diamond Anniversary.
Their challenge was to be blindfolded and taken to an unknown location in the Surrey Hills (a destination chosen by the Headmaster) with only a map and compass. The four teachers then had to find their way back to the school in Epsom. The walk took five hours and covered 13.4 miles over the hills.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) celebrated its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956.
Speaking about their DofE Diamond Challenge, and the excitement of being part of the Anniversary celebrations, Mr Jon Marler, Head of year 9, said: “We are a small school and decided to do this to both raise the profile of our new Senior Years and the launch of the DofE programme for the senior boys at our school. We kept a video diary throughout the day which we uploaded onto the school Facebook page and had thousands of views. I have since produced a short video of our challenge for the website. We have raised over £1000 so far.”
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Our DofE Diamond Challengers are just amazing; extraordinary people who are pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones to support our Charity, I can’t thank them enough. Our Diamond Anniversary is a great marker to plan for the future and we want to enable two million more young people to start their DofE by 2020, 400,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The DofE Diamond Challenge is a great way to get involved and help us reach this target.”
Throughout the year, people from across the UK, including celebrities such as HRH The Countess of Wessex, Julia Bradbury and Phillip Schofield, challenged themselves in support of the DofE.
To support the Kingswood House School team donations can be made HERE.