Volunteering, learning a new skill and physical activity are all in a day’s work for Lancaster teenager Alena Dower, who has just received her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.
Alena, 16, a Year 11 pupil at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, has been helping out younger students at the school’s cookery club, helping train young gymnasts at a local club at the University of Cumbria and had to plan and take part in a two day expedition in Bentham.
She said: “I’ve really enjoyed it and got to do stuff I wouldn’t do normally, like volunteering,
“I’ve done a lot of camping and walking but not necessarily with big backpacks like we had, which was exhausting.
“We are already planning our expedition in the summer, the practice one will be in the Yorkshire Dales and the actual one will be in the Lake District.
“My dad came with me to the Duke of Edinburgh award ceremony and him and my mum Anke think its good I did this.”
Alena is now registered for her silver award.
The thousandth young Lancastrian to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award, Jack Coyne, was presented with his silver award at the ceremony.
County Coun Matthew Tomlinson said: “What an amazing testament to the Duke of Edinburgh awards programme this is.”