Harriet reaches new heights with top award

Lauren Fry (left) presents a gold DoE certificate to Harriet Nurse
Lauren Fry (left) presents a gold DoE certificate to Harriet Nurse

A teenager who took on a gruelling 3,000ft four-day trek up Mount Snowdon to complete her Duke of Edinburgh gold award has been named Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

Bad weather meant Harriet Nurse’s tent flooded and she had to walk through a valley with almost no visibility.

The Battle Abbey School student had to complete challenges in a variety of disciplines to qualify for her gold award.

As well as the Mount Snowdon expedition, Harriet undertook tasks in volunteering, physical and skill topics and a five-night stay at Broadstone Warren helping out with a scout camp.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College in Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The monthly award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community. Lauren Fry, spokeswoman at the college, said: “Harriet has worked very hard to achieve her Duke of Edinburgh gold award and her Mount Snowdon trek sounds particularly challenging. We were pleased to receive her nomination and she’s a very worthy winner.”

Gold Award achievers are invited to a special presentation event at St James’s Palace in London in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex. Achieving an Award is aimedd at giving young people aged 14-24 skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. It is a way of getting recognised for doing things you want to do and may even be doing already and become fitter and healthier. To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, email jenny@cobbpr.com with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.