Harriet battles flood to gain Gold award

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Battle Abbey pupil Harriet Nurse has become one of the youngest in the country to gain a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Harriet,17, who has already achieved both Bronze and Silver in her time at Battle Abbey School, had to complete challenges in a variety of disciplines to qualify.

She endured a flooded tent and a ‘nightmare’ trek on Snowdon to gain the coveted award.

Harriet said, ‘I’m thrilled to achieve my Gold Award. The Expedition aspects of each award were by far and away the hardest, the Gold Award

expedition was particularly tough, but also the most rewarding.’

Harriet undertook the Gold expedition with fellow Battle Abbey School pupils Christie Samms, Ben Gibbs and JJ Choron on Mount Snowden.

The trek took in four full days of walking and three nights camping out.

“The weather broke on day three and our tent flooded, which turned what had been a fine, if gruelling trek, into a nightmare,” said Harriet.

“The final day involved a walk down and out of a valley in virtually zero visibility. Seriously hard work.

Not many my age have a Gold DofE badge to their name and it’s fantastic to have it on my CV. I really wanted to finish the course while I was still at Battle Abbey.’

“At Battle Abbey School you hear so much about DofE and it really is such a great experience.

“We started with a large group on the Bronze award but

as things progressed and the challenges got harder our big group got smaller and smaller. I particularly loved the camaraderie and teamwork aspects of the scheme and I would recommend it to anyone.

“Despite the flooded tent the Gold expedition was probably the highlight for me. It was all about pushing yourself, but overall the sense of achievement you feel when you complete the harder challenges is really something else.”

Harriet will be presented with her Award at St. James Palace sometime in 2015. She would like to thank Mr Bryant and Mrs Buckland for all their support.