AFTER five years of hard work, two Boston women have struck gold - and enjoyed a date with the Duke of Edinburgh.
It was a task that saw Hannah Campion and Ailsa Linnel undertake rafting, sailing as well as learning the flute and pottery skills, among other challenges.
But their hard work paid off as the duo visited St James’ Palace earlier this month to receive certificates after completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’s Gold programme, where they were congratulated by its patron.
This was the culmination of years of hard work, which included volunteer work, learning new skills and undergoing expeditions, including a week-long residential course in Yorkshire.
“DofE gave me the incentive to get involved and try new things, a fantastic oportunity providing me with the motivation and the confidence to get involved in university life,” said Hannah, who has just completed her first year at the University of Nottingham.
Her DofE skills have seen her gain the confidence to become a student ambassador, as well as being elected to a role on the student union.
Ailsa will begin her studies at Reading University in September, after taking a gap year.
She added: “The skills and experiences are things you will never forget.”