Stars come out for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Published: 21 Feb 2014

Singer Russell Watson entertains guests at a special fundraising dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Tennis player Laura Robson, tenor Russell Watson, TV presenter, writer and actor Charley Boorman and mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE join guests at a special fundraising dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. 

Attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, the exclusive event was held on 10 February in the beautiful setting of Spencer House, London’s only surviving 18th Century private palace. Amongst guests were our five iconic individuals, selected to represent the four sections of the Award; Skill, Service, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey.

A lifetime of Service

The Service section was represented by our very own World Fellowship Benefactor, Sir Arnold Elton CBE, who has brought in an income of more than £2 million for the Award. Sir Arnold is a well respected retired British Surgeon who specialised in Breast Cancer, providing a significant service to both the medical world and charity sector.

Russell Watson, the UK’s best selling classical artist, provided the perfect representation for the Skill section with a powerful performance of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from the musical Les Miserables. Russell’s performance perfectly encapsulated the results of nurturing a skill.

The Long Way Round

Meanwhile, Charley Boorman ignited the guests' imaginations with tales of his epic journeys around the world. Charley's first big adventure was the iconic award-winning series Long Way Round, biking overland from London to New York via Europe and Asia alongside Ewan McGregor. He explained how young people can benefit from such adventures, highlighting the importance of the Award's Adventurous Journey activities. 

Representing the Physical Recereation section and championing young women in sport was Laura Robson, the UK’s no. 1 ranked female tennis player. Alongside Laura, was Alan Hinkes OBE, the first Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world’s highest mountains. Alan shared his experiences with guests, emphasising the importance of active participation for physical and mental health.

Money raised on the night will be used to help deliver the Award to more young people globally. We are extremely grateful to our special guests for making this possible.

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