Rebecca Lever

Doing my residential as part of my DofE Gold Award was an amazing experience for me. It was one of the first times I'd been away from home with a group of people I didn't know, and I was incredibly nervous about it. I was a very shy teenager so I was way out of my comfort zone.

I ended up having a fantastic time and gaining so much confidence that I could not just survive in a new situation with new people, but actually enjoy myself! It made me feel a lot better about applying for university, taking a year out to travel, and trying new things. I'm so grateful to have had that experience, and it's something I never would have done without the Award.