Trudy presents Whitehaven students Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Trudy Harrison has presented two university students with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Trudy met with 18-year-old Eleanor Saville from Whitehaven and 21-year-old Lucy Fyfe at Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project to congratulate them on achieving the final stage of their Duke of Edinburgh award.

As part of the awards giving presentation, Mrs Harrison heard more about the students’ experiences on the programme.

For her Gold Award, Miss Saville volunteered at the West Lakeland Veterinary Group as well as spending a month travelling through Ecaudor and the Galapagos Islands completing conservation and community work,

Miss Fyfe also from Whitehaven volunteered at the North Lakes Food Bank, attended fitness classes along with working at Blackpool Zoo helping to create similar habitats for the animals as they would in the wild.

Former Keswick School student, Miss Saville, who is now studying Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, said: “It was great to meet Trudy today and for her to present me with my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“I had previously completed the Bronze Award through Keswick School and enjoyed the challenge and sense of accomplishment so much that I enrolled to do the Gold Award with the friendly, welcoming team at the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project.”

Miss Fyfe, a trainee Pharmacy Technician at Cohens Chemist in Egremont is now encouraging young people to consider the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

She said: “I am so happy to have had my award presented to me by Trudy after all the hard work it takes to complete the Gold DofE.

“Duke of Edinburgh has given me so much confidence throughout all my awards but especially during this current award and has helped massively especially as I have more confidence approaching customers in my career in community pharmacy.”