Three brothers from Derby Grammar School are celebrating a rare achievement after they all achieved their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the same year.
Max Agsakal, 14, has achieved Bronze, brother Toby, 16, picked up Silver and the eldest sibling William, 18, has collected Gold.
The DofE scheme is open to young people aged between 14 and 24. In order to achieve the awards, participants volunteer in their local community, become fitter, develop new skills, plan, train for and complete an expedition and, for Gold only, work with a team on a residential activity.
To achieve his Bronze Award Max completed a two-day expedition in the Peak District, played the saxophone, volunteered at a charity shop in Derby and played football for a local club.
Toby completed his Silver Award by playing golf, refereeing at football matches and volunteered at a Derby charity shop. He also completed a three-day expedition in Snowdonia.
He said: “I feel quite proud of achieving my Silver Award and I’m definitely going to do the Gold next.”
William received his Gold Award during a special event at Buckingham Palace.
He said: “To achieve the Gold Award I volunteered at a care home in Derby. I would get things for the residents from their rooms and I worked in the kitchen getting their breakfast ready. I volunteered for one hour a week for 12 months. For the skill section of the award I did driving lessons for six months and for the physical I went to the gym for 12 months.
“The residential section was five days in the Peak District at a youth hostel and I completed that alongside lots of other young people who were doing the Gold award.”
Paul Hilliam, Director of Co-Curricular at Derby Grammar School, congratulated the boys.
He said: “In my experience as a Duke of Edinburgh manager this is a unique achievement. Three boys from one family, gaining Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, all at the same time, is extraordinary.
“It obviously takes all participants a lot of determination, effort, skill and organisation to gain any award. However, I think it’s also good to recognise that youngsters benefit hugely from the support of their families as they work through the scheme. I know that that William, Toby and Max have given each other lots of encouragement as have their parents. Congratulations all round!”