Count­ess drops in on bike marathon

The Count­ess of Wes­sex calls at Wi­i­ter­ing dur­ing her marathon char­ity ride from Edinburgh to Lon­don

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Event - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

School­child­ren were able to give the royal wave of sup­port to the Count­ess of Wes­sex as she took part in a marathon cy­cle challenge.

Her Royal High­ness The Count­ess of Wes­sex and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing team of cy­clists rode past RAF Wit­ter­ing on Saturday as part of a char­ity ride from Edinburgh to Lon­don in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The cy­cle ride was the Count­ess’s DofE Di­a­mond Challenge, and she cy­cled 445 miles from Holy­rood House in Edinburgh to Buck­ing­ham Palace in Lon­don.

At Wit­ter­ing to ‘wave’ her through were stu­dents from the city’s Voy­ager Academy and also rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Pe­ter­bor­ough Open Awards Cen­tre (POAC).

Heidi La­tron­ico, DofE Man­ager at Voy­ager said the DofE award had been a great help to a num­ber of pupils at the school. She said: “Year by year we have seen the DofE pro­gra- mme at Voy­ager grow, the staff in­volved are con­tin­u­ing to add new pro­grammes and ideas to en­sure that it con­tin­ues to be rel­e­vant and re­ward­ing to the stu­dents. With­out their com­mit­ment it would not be pos­si­ble and it would be sad to think of our school with­out such an en­rich­ing pro­gramme for fu­ture stu­dents to en­joy.”

Peter West­garth, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: “At 60 years young The DofE has never been more rel­e­vant for young peo­ple in the UK. Over the years we’ve helped mil­lions of young peo­ple to trans­form their lives through their DofE ex­pe­ri­ence, gain­ing self-be­lief and es­sen­tial skills. Be­ing able to push your­self past bound­aries and over­come chal­lenges is an es­sen­tial part of per­sonal de­vel­op­ment – in­spir­ing con­fi­dence, skills and knowl­edge. That’s what The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about and that’s what The DofE Di­a­mond Challenge is about too.”

To spon­sor The Count­ess and help the DofE reach more young peo­ple, please visit The Count­ess’s Just Giv­ing page - https://www.just­giv­ Count­ess-of-Wes­sex.

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