Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Cycling for Charity
HRH The Countess of Wessex is currently cycling from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The DofE scheme celebrates its Diamond Anniversary this year. Sophie, who is a long term supporter of the scheme is cycling the 445 miles from Edinburgh to London over seven days from 19th to 25th September.
DofE Diamond Challenge
By undertaking, in the Duke’s own words, this “mad” challenge, The Countess of Wessex is encouraging people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge.
Participants of the DofE Diamond Challenge are being encouraged to try something new to raise awareness and money for the award scheme. All funds raised will support thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to enable them to benefit from the DofE awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, set up by Sophie’s father-in-law in 1956, has become one of the best known self-development schemes for 14 to 24-year-olds.
Around 2.5m UK participants have achieved a Gold, Silver or Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award since its inception. The charity aims to help transform the lives of further two million young people in the UK by 2020. An international scheme also operates in more than 140 countries and territories across the world.
Sophie’s husband, the Earl of Wessex, is a trustee of the scheme. As part of the anniversary commemorations he is travelling across the UK to meet participants and volunteers, although he will not be taking to his bicycle like his wife.
The Countess will cycle the route accompanied by a small team of servicemen and women from four of her military affiliations*:
5th Battalion The Rifles;
Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps;
Corps of Army Music.
*The Countess of Wessex is The Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles; Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Wittering; and Colonel in Chief of both Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and the Corps of Army Music.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Commemorative Sheet
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