A TEENAGER was one of hundreds of young people to be presented with her gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award at a recent awards ceremony at St James Palace in London.
Jennifer Cottrell, 17, of Grove Road, received her certificate from Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.
The former Helenswood student, who is training to join the Army, worked tirelessly through her DofE programme.
Activities included dog and cat grooming at Paw Prints in St Leonards, working with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, helping the Friends of the Conquest Hospital with raffles, and a five-day hike and expedition in the Lake District.
She also joined the gym and Sussex Coast College to improve her fitness to Army requirement standard.
She said: “The Duke of Edinburgh award is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I feel I have gained new skills and self-confidence. By helping out at a charity shop I feel I have given something back to the community.
“I have made loads of new friends along the way and hiking has now become a new hobby.
“I would like to thank all the staff who have helped me through the bronze, silver and gold award, especially Jo Hart from William Parker Sports College.”