Golden journey ends with date at the palace

Matthew Walker after receiving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at London's St James's Palace. EMN-141011-160507001
Matthew Walker after receiving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at London's St James's Palace. EMN-141011-160507001

A former head boy at Caistor Grammar School has led his fellow alumni to London’s St James’s Palace.

Matthew Walker was one of 10 CGS students collecting Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a ceremony attended by the Duke himself.

And the guest speaker was fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, who gave a passionate speech about the environment.

“It was a great way to round off the 18-month journey of completing my Gold award, which included two four-night treks in the Lake and Peak Districts, a year’s voluntary service at 1st Grasby Beaver Scouts, weekly physical training for the expeditions and a week long residential, in which I volunteered at the 2013 Poacher Scout Camp on Lincolnshire Showground,” said Matthew.

And his adventures don’t end there. Next August, he will be trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp with Loughborough University to raise money for the Children’s Society.

“I have to raise nearly £2,800 and so would be grateful to any donations, however large or small,” added Matthew.

“Any level of generosity can go a long way for the charity.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/mj-walker to support him.