Derbyshire’s young explorers meet Duke of York

Young explorers beat a path to a prestigious reception in a palace, which was hosted by the Duke of York.

Sam Pilgrim-Cox and Shelby Dodman from Heritage High School in Clowne and Lillie Beale, currently attending West Nottinghamshire College, and formerly of Frederick Gent School, South Normanton, were invited for their involvement in the Namibia Bound Expedition 2014.

This was a 12-month project where students undertook activities to raise funds to go to Namibia.

Sam, 15, was one of three participants - and also the youngest - to volunteer to address a select group of the 150 attendees at St James Palace in London, including the Duke of York.

He spoke about his personal experience of the project and the positive effect it has had on his life and others. Sam also had a discussion with the Duke about education and the opportunities for young people.

Clare Talati, director of Derbyshire Education Business Partnership who co-ordinated the Namibia Bound Expedition said, “We are really proud to have been able to represent Derbyshire at this event. The project here is unique and ensures that young people, who may otherwise be unable to access such an opportunity, are given the chance to participate fully in a life changing project.”

All three students networked with the guests and helped to raise the profile of the work undertaken by the British Exploring Society, which delivered the expedition.

Mandy Chambers, Chair of Bolsover Partnership said, “Since the start of the Namibia project the young people and their families have been on an amazing journey, the Partnership is so proud of their achievements, they’re all fantastic ambassadors for Bolsover district.”

Dr Steve Lloyd, Chief Expedition Leader for the BES and NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group in Derbyshire said, “Building on the success of the 2014 expedition we now have 30 young people taking part in the second Namibia Bound Expedition in July 2016. If anyone would like to support the project we’d love to hear from you.”

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