Royal appointment for Droitiwich teenager Jess

Worcester News: Golden girls: Jess Wilson and her mum Jane after she collected her gold award from the Duke of Edinburgh. Golden girls: Jess Wilson and her mum Jane after she collected her gold award from the Duke of Edinburgh.

A teenager from Droitwich enjoyed a golden day when she went to St James’s Palace to collect her Duke of Edinburgh award from Prince Philip.

Jess Wilson, who went to Droitwich Spa High School, joined hundreds of other youngsters in London to collect her gold award.

Miss Wilson worked through the five sections of the awards over two years.

Her activities included 18 months’ service at the local Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades – during which she also achieved the young leaders’ award.

She also spent 12 months learning the piano at school and six months attending a zumba class at her local gym. For her residential section, Miss Wilson participated in a week-long National Trust programme of conservation activities in Anglesey which included building a drystone wall along the coastal path near Holyhead.

Her assessed expedition took place in the Lake District and involved four days walking on mountainous terrain for an average of eight hours each day and camping overnight.

Miss Wilson is in her second year studying geography at the University of Sheffield.

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