Silver Qualifying Group Reduces Duke of Edinburgh’s Assessor to Tears

Wednesday 26th July 2017

One of our DofE Silver groups actually reduced a Sam Sykes Ltd professional outdoor instructor to tears on their qualifying expedition in the Yorkshire Dales.

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As the girls from one particular group, either limped or walked triumphantly into Ingleton Village, which marked the end of their journey across the Yorkshire Dales, it all became too much for their assessors who had followed their venture.

“That is without doubt one of the best groups, if not the best, young group of people I have ever worked with”.

He was waxing lyrical to Mr Blunt and Mrs Tomlinson. Keen to know more, Mr Blunt quizzed the instructor and through tears, rolling down his cheeks, the assessor went on to say.

“The group’s teamwork, determination and kindness towards one another had been a privilege to witness and I couldn’t have wished for a nicer group of young people to work with”.

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As ever, the Queen Anne’s girls excelled as all eight groups navigated confidently across and through some of the UK’s finest limestone and heather moorlands tops. All groups yomped and camped in the Ingleton, Ribblesdale and Dent area.  Midges were repelled, lots of food eaten and miles walked.  With sore feet and importantly more smiles than tears, the 50 indomitable girls boarded the coach back to Queen Anne’s School, all richer for their accomplishments in a very different part of England.

Mr Blunt would like to thank Mrs Eagle and Mrs Tomlinson for looking after him and the girls. Without such staff DofE at Queen Anne’s would simply not happen, they give their free time to share the Queen Anne’s girls experiences in magnificent surroundings.

“The best classrooms and learning environments don’t always have to have walls” (Mr Blunt)

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