As founder of the DofE, HRH Prince Philip helped transform millions of young people’s lives. Today, with the COVID pandemic leaving the UK’s youth facing crisis on top of crisis, it’s more important than ever to continue his legacy.
That’s why on 10 June, The Duke’s birthday, we’re inviting you to take part in Do It 4 Youth, a 4-part, 4-week DofE inspired sponsored challenge. Every pound you raise will go towards helping young people from the toughest backgrounds across the UK to build life-long belief in themselves through DofE.
Record unemployment. Rising mental health issues. Missing out on education. Deepening inequalities. The COVID pandemic has left the UK’s youth facing crisis on top of crisis. But time and again, we’ve seen that when we help young people build belief in themselves, there are no limits to what they can overcome.
Whatever their ability, interest or background, DofE offers young people the chance to discover they can do anything, achieve anything and overcome anything life throws their way. Because when you prove to yourself that you’re ready for anything, nothing can hold you back.
Until the age of five, Anna suffered physical abuse at the hands of her biological father. She remembers being pushed down stairs and would regularly turn up to school with bruises.
Until his DofE expedition Daniyal had never been outside a city. The countryside, cows and camping were all new to him, and he’s never looked back.
Living with a disability, “that’s not possible” is a phrase Rachael has got used to hearing. She tends to ditch the first two words at every opportunity. So, when it came to her DofE, not doing it was never an option.
In June 2008, age 15, Jade lost both her legs beneath the knee after they were crushed in an accident. A month later, she was beginning the process of walking again. A few months after that, she was off on her DofE expedition.