HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Founder and Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has received, on behalf of the Award, three Mercedes Benz Vaneo cars presented by DaimlerChrysler UK Limited. Joachim Eberhardt, President and CEO of the Milton Keynes-based company, which has been a Charter Member of the Award since 1999, handed over the keys to the cars in an official ceremony at Frogmore House, Windsor, on Friday, 21 March.
The Vaneos, spacious mini-MPVs, will be used by the Award in the West Midlands, the South East and Scotland. The car’s practical versatility makes it the ideal vehicle for transporting people and equipment.
Shirley Price, the Award’s South East Regional Officer, is delighted with the Vaneo for her area. It will be used principally by the Award’s partnership project with Hampshire County Youth Service and the Wessex Youth Offending Team. "The Award Programme has been highly successful," she says, "in being used for young people to channel their energies and the vehicle will enable us more easily to access their Award activities."
Presenting the keys of the new cars to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Joachim Eberhardt said: "We are delighted to help the Award in this way. The Vaneo’s clever design makes it the perfect choice to support the active lifestyle that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award encourages."
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 14-25. The Award encourages young people from all backgrounds and levels of ability to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities as a means of acquiring self-confidence and life skills. There are currently 225,000 Award Participants in the UK.
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