A bursary fund which helps disadvantaged young people in Somerset take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme has received a welcome boost from a fundraising bike ride.

DofE participants from Frome Community College joined cyclists from Somerset Council’s DofE team and Somerset Freemasons on a ride between Frome and Midsomer Norton along the the Collier’s Way,

The weather might have been a bit grey, but there were smiles all around, and the group had a great time out in the fresh air, using many DofE principles, like teamwork, resilience, and enjoyment.

Theo, DofE leader from Frome College, said: “Well done to all 6 students who tackled the hills and rain – getting to know local cycle routes and learning about the Freemasons”.

Stephen, from Somerset Freemasons, added: ‘The ride was a great opportunity to get out and about and learn more about the DofE award, there are many similarities between the award principles and Freemasonry, we all really enjoyed the day.”

This was the second in a series of bike rides, raising money through sponsorship for the Somerset DofE bursary fund – which is used to help disadvantaged young people across Somerset start their DofE journey.

If you would like further information about the bursary – whether as a young person or to donate – please email DofE@somerset.gov.uk.

A group of Duke of Edinburgh participants on their cycling journey

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July 12, 2023

Gary Smith

Children and Families


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