FOR 11 years two hard-working volunteers have battled the elements to assist students on their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Carol and John Evans, both qualified mountain leaders, have helped hundreds of teenagers at Solihull Sixth Form College for more than a decade as the students worked towards their Gold Awards.
But now the time has come to take a break -
although their idea of a rest is a trek around Nepal in the autumn!
Last week the pair were recognised for all their efforts which included expeditions to the Peak District, the North York Moors and the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland.
Quite often they were forced to deal with challenging tasks as well as coping with freezing temperatures and rough terrain.
But the scheme does have many benefits, as the students and teachers point out.
Not only does it help team building and individual skills, it also gives them the chance to view some of the wildest and most beautiful areas of the country.
Grigor Wallace, Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator for the college, said the duo’s expertise has been invaluable.
Principal Colleen Chater was also keen to praise their efforts.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to both Carol and John,” she said.
“They have helped our students to develop their skills and knowledge.
“Some students found that the Duke of Edinburgh Award helped them to obtain university places at some of the most prestigious and competitive universities like Oxford and Cambridge.
“Others have found greater confidence through the scheme and Carol and John have helped them to achieve this.”