Four of our past pupils – Sophie Beart, Megan Chainey, Hannah Kingston and Erica Nunney – were at St James’ Palace in London yesterday with Miss Mann and Mrs Grove for the first gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award presentation of the season. They received their awards from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who conversed at length with the group, asking them many questions about their award experiences.
The guest presenter with our group was Amy Hughes. This inspiring young woman holds the world record for the most consecutive marathons, running 53 in 53 days – one in every English city. As if this wasn’t an amazing feat in its own right, she also raised £54000 for a brain tumour cancer charity. Amy, in the final picture below, was attending the presentation to receive her Diamond Award, for breaking another world record – running the most miles on a treadmill 20 hours a day for a week! She said this was far more challenging than the marathons and inspired the girls with her life motto: ” If your dreams aren’t scary, they are not big enough,” adding, “You are strong, you are fearless… and don’t ever give up!”
Did you know…?
HOHS is participating in the Diamond Award. Any parent or pupil, whether individually, as a family or as a group, can challenge themselves to a skill or physical activity and through sponsorship to raise money for the Award charity. Watch out for letters and sponsorship forms coming home this week.
Mrs Grove was invited to today’s event as a VIP – watch the blog over the next day or two for why!