Prince’s lessons in Wiganese

Holly Beaver
Holly Beaver

PRINCE Edward looks set to get a lesson in Wiganese later this month!

Holly Beever of Whitley is due to meet the Earl of Wessex after completing her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

And the 24-year-old is ready to teach His Royal Highness a few terms from the Wigan phrase book when introduced to him at a formal reception.

She said: “I’m so excited to meet the Earl of Wessex and I can’t wait to speak to him and teach him some Wiganese! I feel like it’s such an honour to finally meet a member of the royal family in Edinburgh Holyrood Palace next week.

“I would have never imagined doing something so inspiring in all my life. It’s such a shame I’m not getting to meet Prince Harry as well though!”

On the Duke of Edinburgh trail, the former Standish High pupil had to endure a 20-mile hike for her bronze award. And then for the silver award it was a further 30-mile hike. Tied in to both of these were physical recreation tests and voluntary work. This consisted of Holly working at St Michael’s Brownie-Guide Group for three months and also with the British Heart Foundation.

She said: “My Gold award was so challenging as I had to do two 50-mile hikes in the Lake District, starting off in Kendal. One was a practice expedition but the other was the real deal!

“The weather was immeasurably hot and on the first night of camping I didn’t clean my cooking equipment properly and so drank a cup of tea which had paraffin in it making me throw up throughout the night. It was awful!”

The second element of the award again was charity work.

Holly previously completed in 2011 by co-organising a winter ball in aid of family friend, Anne Dawson, who died of cancer in September 2009.

Money raised from this was donated to the Anne Dawson Hope Tribute Fund that is based at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Holly said: “A lot of hard work and effort went in to the organisation which ultimately I just wanted to make Anne Dawson’s family proud. The event was a sell-out and the night went perfectly.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve never had so much fun with my best friends in achieving something so worthwhile.

“By the end of the night we raised just short of £11,000 in total. So completing the DofE awards have turned out to be one of the most memorable milestones in my life in so many different ways.”