MORE than 200 youngsters were recognised for “fantastic achievement” at Sheffield’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation.
An audience of around 500 people watched the event, at Cutlers’ Hall, recognising youngsters who gave their all to achieve gold, silver and bronze awards.
Over the last year, 31 golds, 48 silver and 315 bronze awards have been achieved - and just over 200 of the winners attended the presentation.
Gold winners were from Norton College, Westfield Sports College, Silverdale School, Sheffield University, King Ecgbert School, Birkdale School, High Storrs School and the RIVA Club for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
Sue Johnson, of Sheffield Awards Centre, said: “We have a couple of stories that show great commitment by the young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. A group of eight young people from the RIVA Club in Sheffield successfully achieved their gold award, which is a fantastic achievement.
“The group’s members have various disabilities and have undertaken Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE programmes.
“Their expedition involved them cycling into York using cycle paths and setting up camp in the race course where York Cycle Show was taking place. Once there, they undertook various projects each day to raise awareness about cycling for the disabled, they were fantastic ambassadors for the DofE.”
She added: “A silver award winner, Oliver Byne, who is 15 and from Shirecliffe, set himself the gruelling challenge of six 10km races in four months to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
His target was to raise £600 from the six races but he has exceeded the target dramatically, at the moment his fundraising is at £1149.14 and donations are still being received.
“As a big football fan, Oliver has had the support of many of the Sheffield United players who have sponsored him to run including their previous manager Gary Speed who has encouraged him in his endeavours and the Sheffield Wednesday players who have also sponsored him in his challenge.
“And two girls from Notre Dame Catholic High School - Molly McCaffery and Anna Walmsley - went on an expedition in the Peak District for their bronze award.”