Proud day at the Palace as Megan strikes gold

September 04 2017

IT was a proud moment for Megan Densley when she collected her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace this summer.

IT was a proud moment for Megan Densley when she collected her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace this summer.

The Colston’s Girls’ School student’s achievement was a result of navigating 100 kilometres of Dartmoor’s vast, open landscapes.

She was presented with the award by TV chef and new Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Wessex also attended.Megan, 18, from Kingswood, completed the award last year while she was in Year 12 at CGS Sixth Form. She finished the challenge along with friends Veronica Girgis, Victoria Heath and Emma Hilton.

They spent a gruelling four days on the expedition, covering 25 kilometres of moorland a day.

“It was a really hard four days and was very strange not seeing any houses or streets, just lots of fields and trees,” Megan said. “We got lost a few times, but by the final day we knew where we were going.

“We weren’t allowed mobile phones either, and we were away while Brexit happened – we didn’t know anything until we’d finished. It really took us away from human life.”

Megan’s DfE journey began in Year 10 when she achieved her bronze award. She then completed her silver award in Year 11.

Megan said achieving the gold award would not have been possible without the support of her dad, Kevin.

“If it wasn’t for my dad, I probably wouldn’t have completed silver and gold – he has really helped and encouraged me over the years. ”

Megan, who is a sergeant in the 2002 Kingswood RAF Air Cadets squadron, wore her cadet uniform to the collect her award. She said: “It was a really nice and relaxed afternoon”

Now that Megan has completed her final award, she hopes to take the qualification to become a DfE leader where she will be able to take out groups on day walks. 

“I would really encourage other young people to complete Duke of Edinburgh. It looks so good on the CV and is a good talking point when going for interviews – I encourage everyone to take part.”

This month, Megan starts her apprenticeship in the finance department at the Ministry of Defence, where she will train to become a qualified accountant.