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#surreyhillsselfie competition winners announced

1336--PA221435A group of 7 boys from  St John the Baptist school in Woking have been announced as the winners of the #surreyhillsselfiecompetition.  Their selfie, taken whilst out on their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) captured the ethos of the competition perfectly.

The competition came about through partnership working between the Surrey Hills Board, Surrey County Council and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in an attempt to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and engage local communities in order for young people to feel welcomed and supported on their expeditions.  The twitter competition simply asked for a #selfie taken with a Surrey Hills view in the background. Lots of entries were received but the winning shot jumped out with a spectacular backdrop of St Martha’s Hill near Chilworth.

Edward Solaz, winner of the #surreyhillsselfie competition comments;
“DofE was a great experience and I’m really glad my friends and I took part in the competition. Our selfie was taken on top of St Martha’s Hill and we are so pleased to have won £200!”.

Paul Bowen, Surrey County Council DofE Award Operations Manager comments:
“Surrey County Council delivers the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to around 8000 young people per year. Its really important therefore that we work with Surrey residents and particularly those that live in the more rural areas to encourage and support the many young people who undertake their DofE expedition in the Surrey Hills each summer. It’s equally important that the participants themselves feel welcomed and valued when they visit. That’s why this ‘selfie’ competition is a great way of encouraging young people to focus on why the Surrey Hills is such a unique area for doing their expedition in or simply enjoying for its own sake.”

Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 240,000 young people every year, almost 50,000 of those in the South East Region. Their ethos is to enable all young people whatever their background to take part in their programme and succeed, regardless of any barriers.

Geoff Hurst, Duke of Edinburgh Operations Manager for the South East Region DofE comments;
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions offer young people a fun and rewarding journey where they grow in confidence and become more independent, achieving a DofE Award opens doors to education and employment opportunities for any young person. We have been delighted to work in partnership with Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills Board to better engage with young people and local communities”.

For further information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the Surrey Hills visit www.dofe.org

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