Virtual DofE Adventure has brought together a community of over 1,000 Adventurers, all taking part to support young people through the DofE.
Here, we look at what some of our Adventurers have been up to.
DofE Ambassador JieYing embarked on a 30km walk along the coast of Cornwall from Crackington Haven to Bude beach. Throughout her walk, she enjoyed the mountains, seaside, woodlands and the peacefulness of the countryside. Whilst on her Adventure, JieYing captured beautifully what it means to be outdoors, with her incredible photo winning our Adventure photograph competition.
“I decided to take part and raise funds for the Do E because it means a lot to me. From my Bronze, Silver to now Gold, I have had lots wonderful experiences and I would really like to put my effort in to help.”
Arjun set himself a challenge of walking as many steps as he could over a 3-week period by walking, jogging and running. On his journey Arjun enjoyed beautiful views and a relaxing walk in the woods. He encountered a few animals on his route too, including wild ponies and squirrels, who were far from camera shy!
“I loved every aspect of this challenge. Being asthmatic, I try not to let things stop me. If you’re a young person considering doing your DofE, I’d recommend it as you will be surprised at how much more it will bring to your life.”
Sam thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Virtual DofE Adventure because it made her feel part of something. Having done her DofE, she wanted to support other young people by raising money for the DofE charity. Sam set out to walk 30km and raise £100 but has gone on to walk a total of 106km and has raised £179.
“I loved my adventure. It was such a good experience and it helped me keep busy during quarantine. I took part because I wanted to help anyone that I can.”
Employees at Amey, one of our corporate supporters, took on the challenge of Virtual DofE Adventure, with each person walking 18km over 10 days. They set themselves the goal of walking a collective distance of 1152km – enough to walk from their most southerly location in the Isle of Wight to one of their most northerly in Bargeddie, Scotland.
Below employee Daniel sums up his experience of Virtual DofE Adventure.
“I regretted not getting involved with the DofE Adventure last year, and this year more than ever it felt important to help support this important charity. I grew up being very privileged and I have not always taken full advantage of my opportunities. If I can help someone undergoing financial hardship gain access to an opportunity like the DofE awards, it is the least I can do. The skills they provide will be invaluable, more so when a generation is undergoing a heavy hit to their education.” Daniel
Molly, who’s a keen walker, was excited to hear about Virtual DofE Adventure as she’d be able to track her distance and see how far she could go. Opting for a combination of running, walking and cycling, Molly has enjoyed exploring Cornwall and Bristol as part of her Adventure and even got a fantatsic picture of her dog. Wanting to achieve as much as she can, Molly plans to continue logging her kilometres to see how far she can get.
“I’ve been really pleased to see how far I can go and how much I can raise for the DofE charity.”
It has been incredible to see the adventures people have been on and the various challenges they’ve set themselves over the past few weeks. Over £34,000 has been raised by more than 1,000 people across the UK which will go towards supporting young people at a time when they need us most.
There was a competitive element to Virtual DofE Adventure too as individuals and teams fought for a spot on the fundraising and distance leader boards.
Individual leader board:
Our top fundraiser is Jessica Williamson, who has raised an incredible £960.
Anthony Ellison travelled the furthest distance, logging an impressive 2,500km.
Team leader board:
Amey, one of our corporate supporters, have taken the top spot on the team fundraising leader board, with a group from the company raising £5,430.
The team to travel the furthest distance is Cfc, logging 2,459km.