A BARNHAM centre enabled a young woman to enjoy a golden date with royalty.
Lauriane Canadas visited St James’s Palace in London to receive her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
She was one of 22 young people from across West Sussex who met The Earl of Wessex and celebrity presenter and broadcaster Ortis Deley.
Lauriane, 21, took part in her DofE at St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham. The Littlehampton resident said: “DofE has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far.
“With the expedition came laughs and challenges. While volunteering with Girlguiding, I developed skills in leadership and communication, taking the opportunity to organise and run my own sessions.
“My physical challenge was to achieve my brown belt in karate, something which required a lot of commitment and determination.
“I’ve had such a fantastic experience completing all levels of DofE and I would love for every young person to have the same opportunity.
“DofE has made me a more rounded, confident person and is already serving me on the work placement I am currently doing as part of my mathematics degree.”
During the gold award presentation, the Earl took the chance to congratulate the group from West Sussex and heard about their achievements during their 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.
The young people who attended the ceremony also came from Bishop Luffa School and Slindon College among others. They are among the 58 centres in the county which deliver DofE courses backed by West Sussex County Council.
Those who achieve a gold DofE award volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a residential scheme and an expedition in the countryside.