Funeral service for Prince Philip LIVE

Who were the stepliners in Westminster Abbey today?

Nine Gold Award holders – clad in pale purple DofE jackets – lined the steps of the abbey as guests arrived – an element of Philip’s original funeral plan which could not go ahead at the time due to Covid restrictions.

The stepliners were:

– Lira Lewis, 21, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, who suffers from dyslexia and dyspraxia and faced bullying at school, saw her confidence grow after taking on the challenges of the programme.

– Felix Daglish, 20, from Wandsworth, South London, DofE Youth Ambassador 2021/22 and passionate about spreading the message that young people with a physical impairment or disability can benefit tremendously from taking part.

– Meryem James, 22, from Kilburn, North London, who gave birth in 2017, returned to college and jumped at the chance to do her Gold DofE.

– George Fisher, 21, from Sidcup, south east London, who has volunteered with children and adults with disabilities for his DofE Volunteering Section and credits the program with helping him overcome his struggles with anger as a teenager.

– Joel Chilaka, 21, from London – a doctor in training who says the DofE has given him opportunities for personal development and growth.

– Josie Harrison, 18, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, who has gained confidence and independence and has been involved in creating the DofE youth manifesto.

– Jack Bayley, 21, from Manchester, who has struggled with his mental health in the past but said the awards program has helped him get his life back on track and inspired him to work towards becoming a PE teacher.

– Lucy Aur, 22, from Llanelli, South Wales, who struggled with childhood anxiety and was a carer for her grandmother, said DofE helped her mental health and impacted her life more than she ever imagined.

– Rajan Modha, 27, from Harrow, London, who works in business development and has ambitions to start a charity in the future, said the program has taught him resilience. Funeral service for Prince Philip LIVE


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