Children give Countess of Wessex Royal welcome to Wittering

Countess of Wessex  charity cycle ride  visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182304009
Countess of Wessex charity cycle ride visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182304009
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School children were able to give the royal wave of support to the Countess of Wessex as she took part in a marathon cycle challenge.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex an an accompanying team of cyclists rode past RAF Wittering on Saturday as part of a charity ride from Edinburgh to London in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Countess of Wessex  charity cycle ride  visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182554009

Countess of Wessex charity cycle ride visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182554009

The cycle was the Countess’ DofE Diamond Challenge, and she cycled 445 miles from Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London.

At Wittering to ‘wave’ her off was students from Voyager Academy and also representatives from the Peterborough Open Awards Centre (POAC).

Heidi Latronico, DofE Manager at Voyager said the DofE award had been a great help to a number of pupils at the school. She said: “Year by year we have seen the DofE programme at Voyager grow, the staff involved are continuing to add new programmes and ideas to ensure that it continues to be relevant and rewarding to the students. Without their commitment it would not be possible and it would be sad to think of our school without such an enriching programme for future students to enjoy.”

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.”

Countess of Wessex  charity cycle ride  visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182542009

Countess of Wessex charity cycle ride visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182542009

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.

Countess of Wessex  charity cycle ride  visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182116009

Countess of Wessex charity cycle ride visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-182116009

Countess of Wessex  charity cycle ride  visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-183038009

Countess of Wessex charity cycle ride visits RAF Wittering EMN-160925-183038009

The Countess of Wessex leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Countess of Wessex leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire