Rydal Penrhos Community
Ethan helps community group as part of Duke of Edinburgh volunteering

Ethan helps community group as part of Duke of Edinburgh volunteering

A Sixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos has spent his half term volunteering with a local organisation as part of his work with the school’s Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Ethan Davies, a Year 12 pupil at the school, has been clocking up volunteering hours in pursuit of the coveted Gold Award with the Friends of the Ffrith group in Prestatyn.

The 16-year-old supports a variety of organisations that aim to help public open spaces stay clear of litter and tackle plastic pollution along the UK's coastlines, and he spent part of his week away from school litter picking and clearing waste along the picturesque Prestatyn shoreline.

Founded in 2006 the volunteer group has been successful in achieving a Green Flag award for the past eight years for the Frith common land that sits adjacent to the coastline.

The volunteer group works closely with local authorities to improve and maintain the land for the enjoyment of all.

Ethan is aiming to join a large list of Rydal Penrhos pupils that have secured their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, which sees successful candidates take a trip to Buckingham Palace to receive their accolade.

Head Boy Nick Fiorita became the latest to achieve the exceptional feat late last year, with Sara Owen, Jenny Johnson, Mili Jayadeep, Jack Sissons, Will Marston and Katie Marston also securing the distinction in recent years.

Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “Ethan is working incredibly hard to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and his commitment is matched by his selfless attitude in regards to helping community initiatives that do a wonderful amount of good in the area.”

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