Countess of Wessex takes on challenge

The Countess of Wessex crosses the border as part of the DofE Diamond Challenge.

The Countess of Wessex crosses the border as part of the DofE Diamond Challenge.

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessed, crossed the English/Scottish border at Carter Bar during her 450-mile cycling challenge from Edinburgh to London.

The DofE Diamond Challenge is a fundraising initiative to help the DofE charity continue to transform the lives of more young people who are at risk and marginalised

It aims to give everyone a flavour of the life-changing benefits of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Countess of Wessex said: “I am both excited and apprehensive to be undertaking this challenge on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary Appeal!

“I have seen for myself the incredible impact the DofE has on every young life it touches, equipping young people with self-belief and motivation whatever their background or ability.

“So I had no hesitation in taking on a Diamond Challenge and hope this will encourage others to try their own.”

Peter Westgarth, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: “At 60 years young The DofE has never been more relevant for young people in the UK. Over the years we’ve helped millions of young people to transform their lives through their DofE experience, gaining self-belief and essential skills.

“Being able to push yourself past boundaries and overcome challenges is an essential part of personal development – inspiring confidence, skills and knowledge. That’s what The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about and that’s what The DofE Diamond Challenge is all about too. We hope to give people the chance to both help The DofE Charity and fulfil their own goals in 2016.”

The funds raised by The Countess, and all those undertaking challenges this year will give thousands more young people in the UK the opportunity to experience the life changing opportunities the DofE offers

To sponsor The Countess and help the DofE reach more young people, please visit The Countess’ Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/Countess-of-Wessex.

Anyone and everyone can take part in their own DofE Diamond Challenge by signing up online (at www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org) and raising money to support the DofE Charity.

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