Year 13 student, Tom Hoier, has been presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme certificate at St James’s Palace. Tom went to a formal reception hosted by the Earl of Wessex where he received the certificate, which was the culmination of four years' work.
Expeditions at Brooke Weston, including a month in Peru and a two-day ‘wild-camping’ experience, both counted towards the gold criteria that Tom completed with 1101 Kettering Squadron Air Training Corps, where he has also just attained the highest rank possible, that of Cadet Warrant Officer.
Tom said: ‘I did my Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in the space of four years alongside all my studies so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could fit everything in. I had a variety of experiences, from going to South America and Berlin and doing cadets, judo and playing the tenor horn. During the Peru trip with World Challenge I gained leadership skills and far more besides because we were under constant pressure to feed and transport ourselves. Being in the Air Training Corps for five years has also taught me discipline and decisiveness.’
Tom spent around an hour at St James’s Palace along with other Gold Award recipients: ‘The Earl of Wessex spoke to large groups at a time and I told him I helped the young cadets who are doing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. I was presented with my certificate by actor Colin McFarlane who has appeared in The Dark Knight, Torchwood and Reggie Perrin. The portrait gallery was a very beautiful place and the Award ceremony was certainly a smart and memorable occasion.’