Students prepare for an Easter weekend adventure

Published: March 20, 2018

A group of Telford College students are preparing for an Easter weekend mountain adventure as they work towards their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
The students, from the college’s King Street campus, are all completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
They have already braved challenging winter conditions during a practice expedition on the Long Mynd near Church Stretton, where they covered 42kms in the space of three days.
And on Good Friday, they will set off for their official assessment in the Berwyn Mountains, when they will have to be self-sufficient for three days and two nights, charting their own routes, and cooking on portable stoves.
Lecturer Nikki Cameron-Small said: “The day prior they headed off to the supermarket, armed with their meal plan, to work out what food they would need and work within the budget given”.
“The shopping trip might not have been as physically challenging as the expedition, but it still proved a difficult task for the students, as the students had never budgeted or been food shopping before”.
“They faced horrible weather conditions on the Long Mynd, but were real troopers, navigating in limited visibility due to the low cloud”.
“It’s great to see the way the students are developing important life skills during the course of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards challenge.”
The students who took part in the Long Mynd practice expedition were Lydia Cooke, Bhavneet Kaur Sanghara, Thomas Singh, Fionan O’Keeffe, Preesita Tharpa, Lauren Tunholmer, Hamish Vriesekoop-Beswick, and Harry Taylor.

Braving the elements on their mountain adventure, from left, Lydia Cooke, Bhavneet Kaur Sanghara, Fionan O’Keeffe, and Thomas Singh | public service courses at Telford college