Gisburn student picks up gold from palace

Fred Wrathall with Duke of Edinburgh awards coordinator Mr Gordon Fothergill from Ermysted's Grammar School and mum Trudi Wrathall. (s)
Fred Wrathall with Duke of Edinburgh awards coordinator Mr Gordon Fothergill from Ermysted's Grammar School and mum Trudi Wrathall. (s)

A Liverpool University engineering student who has completed multiple tasks and undertaken a variety of voluntary work was rewarded with a visit to Buckingham Palace to recognise his efforts.

Fred Wrathall (18) from Gisburn, was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award by paralympian and world record holder, Hannah Cockcroft at a ceremony where the Duke himself was on hand to congratulate the winners.

After attending Bowland High School, Fred went on to Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, to complete his A Levels and is currently in his first year studying Mechanical Engineering.

As part of the qualification for his Gold award, Fred took on voluntary work as a young leader at Gisburn Cubs and completed a “Head Start” residential engineering course at Sheffield University. He used his knowledge of farming to help develop the skills section of the award, where he bought, reared and then sold a calf at the local auction.

As part of the physical section, he completed the Great North Run and raised £663 for CLIC Sargent.

Fred said: “Receiving the award was fantastic and it really was a day to remember.”