Palace date for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winner Darren

Darren Hamill (front row, second from left), pictured with colleagues who also received their Gold Duke of Edinburghs Award at a special Diamond Celebration at Buckingham Palace.
Darren Hamill (front row, second from left), pictured with colleagues who also received their Gold Duke of Edinburghs Award at a special Diamond Celebration at Buckingham Palace.

A young Broughshane man has attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London.

Darren Hamill, of 1st Broughshane BB, was among The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District were selected to receive their Gold Awards at The Palace on this landmark occasion.

The DofE is celebrating 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.

The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.

Members of the Royal Family HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.

Jonathan Graham, DofE Manager at The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District said “The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District has held a licence to deliver the DofE for 60 years.

“I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year.

Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special,” he added.