11th March 2003




A member of staff from the University of Lincoln is preparing her posh frock ready for her invitation to visit Windsor Castle.


Tanya Spratt, an administrative assistant in Academic Registry, will be heading off to Windsor Castle shortly to collect her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.


Tanya (24) of Lincoln Road, North Hykeham has been working towards the award for five years and has successfully completed all five categories: service, residential, expedition, skill and physical recreation.


“You have to do five different activities which take varying lengths of time,” said Tanya. “For example on the expedition we had to hike 60 miles in two days but for the skill section I had to play the bell-lyre in the Lincoln District Scout Band for over a year.


“The award actually took a lot longer than originally planned because of the foot and mouth outbreak.   As community sports leader I was supposed to take a group of kids out in the countryside but we couldn’t do it until the ban was lifted.”


Tanya will receive the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal at a local ceremony at the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham but will receive the certificate at a special presentation at Windsor Castle.


Tanya is also waiting to receive her Queen’s Guide Award – the highest award in guiding - which she has also been working towards over the last three years.


To gain this award Tanya had to complete a variety of tasks such as community work, learning about other religions, monitoring the upkeep of an area on behalf of the local council and making an outfit.


“I was due to receive my award from Princess Margaret last year, but unfortunately she died and the presentation date hasn’t been rearranged yet.


“I am very proud of what I have achieved and I don’t regret any of it, but it does take up a lot of spare time, so now I am really looking forward to relaxing.”


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14 to25.



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