The Royal Oak Welcomes HRH The Earl of Wessex for DofE Fundraising Event

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Holyport Real Tennis Club followed by lunch at The Royal Oak Paley Street on Tuesday (27th February 2018) as part of a campaign to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Charity.

Craig, Scott and Nick with Earl of Wessex

Through a combination of DofE engagements, Real Tennis events and fundraising activities throughout 2018, His Royal Highness will enable a new generation of young people to start their DofE journey in the UK and abroad.

At Holyport Real Tennis Club The Earl played Real Tennis with young people from Holyport College. Afterwards HRH and DofE supporters had lunch at The Royal Oak Paley Street.

“It was an honour to host The Earl and DofE supporters.  I’m a member of Holyport Real Tennis Club and thoroughly enjoy the sport.  I applaud the work HRH is doing to raise funds for DofE and encourage and support young people through the programme.  I’m also delighted to see his efforts raise the profile of Real Tennis; everyone knows lawn tennis but it’s incredible how many haven’t even heard of Real Tennis.”  Said, Nick Parkinson, owner of The Royal Oak Paley Street.  The party enjoyed Confit of Salmon starter, followed by Roast Rump of Lamb, polished off with Poached Yorkshire Rhubarb, Whipped Cream & Orange Cake.

Headline sponsor and DofE partner RSM, a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services has kicked off the fundraising for the Tennis Challenge 2018. More donations will be secured through events at each challenge location.

For young people aged 14-24, doing a DofE programme offers a unique opportunity to grow as young adults and gain valuable life experience whilst developing essential employability skills such as confidence, resilience and drive. After achieving an Award the journey doesn’t end and many Award holders go on to continue volunteering, honing skills or improving their fitness.

Peter Singleton, DofE Regional Director in the South East said: “As a DofE Charity Trustee and Gold Award holder, HRH The Earl of Wessex is passionate about supporting young people to reach their potential, whatever their background or circumstance. We are grateful for his dedication to the Charity and taking on this fundraising challenge. HRH’s support, and the generosity of so many local partners, will help us extend our reach in the South East and work towards our ambition of all young people having the opportunity to do their DofE. The Earl’s enthusiasm for Real Tennis shows that the impact of a DofE Award really does last a lifetime.”


About The Royal Oak Paley Street

Owned by Nick Parkinson this 17th-c pub has a stylish elegance and a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. It is one of only 10 Michelin star pub restaurants in the country and one of only two that also hold 3 AA Rosettes.
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