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Deeping St James and Deeping Gate youngsters enjoy Royal Garden Party

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Three inspirational Deepings youngsters were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The ‘D of E’ scheme requires participants to volunteer in the community, learn a new skill, take up a sport and organise, and carry out, an expedition.

Rosemary Baxter of Deeping St James, and Hollie and Lewis Martin of Deeping Gate, were all invited to a royal garden party by the Earl of Wessex.

The two young women both took part in the scheme while studying at Spalding High School.

Hollie said: “One of our practice expeditions was classic ‘D of E’; we were halfway up a mountain in the Lake District, we could literally see our intended destination but the weather came down so quickly that we were forced to pitch our tent on the hillside and wait out the storm. It was an excellent lesson for life!”

Hollie now works as a high ropes instructor at Centre Parcs.

Rosemary did her volunteering section at the Deepings Library. After achieving her gold award, and completing her A-Levels, she went to South America to volunteer for three months on a mercy ship. She is now studying for a degree in Drama and Theatre at York St John University and has recently returned from studying for a semester at Pacific University in Oregon.

Lewis achieved his Gold Award while studying A-levels at Deepings School. As part of the award, he began learning to fly planes and in recent weeks he has been accepted onto the pilot training programme at Leading Edge Flight School.

When asked about the garden party, Rosemary commented: “After such a long wait, it was really exciting to see all the other award winners and to see the palace gardens. It rained throughout the morning but, as Prince Edward pointed out, that was very appropriate for a Duke of Edinburgh award!”

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