Matform’s Office Administrator is celebrating after achieving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

Katie Linskey earnt the prestigious award this summer after completing her final element of the challenge: volunteering at a week-long, County Girlguiding and Scouting, residential with over 4000 participants at Ardingly Show Ground.

The 21 year old from Pagham, who joined Matform two years ago as an apprentice, said that she was pleased to have finished.

“It has been hard work and challenging but when I received the certificate, it made it all worth it,” said Katie who had to complete four mandatory elements in order to achieve her D of E Gold award: volunteering; physical and skills; an expedition; and a residential.

“I’m really looking forward to receiving my Gold brooch, as then I’ll have all three D of E award brooches: Bronze, Silver and Gold,” she explained.

Katie may have just completed an impressive challenge but she has no plans to take it easy quite yet; her sights are now set on the Queen’s Guide Award – the highest award that a member of Girlguiding can earn, which she hopes to achieve next May.

In order to complete her Queen’s Guide Award, Katie has three outstanding elements: community action; achieving her ‘going away’ licence for running a residential; and completing an exploration.

For community action, Katie has been supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer. She is currently collecting new, used and broken bras for the charity and for every tonne collected, the charity receives £700 to fund its research. Katie’s collection is currently at 1382 bras, and is growing daily, with the hope of reaching 2000 bras by the time her project finishes in April.

“My aim is to get my Queen’s Guide Award completed in time for the Girlguiding Sussex West Annual Review next May, as this is when the awards are presented,” said Katie.

“It’s been a lifelong dream to get my Gold D of E award and the Queen’s Guide Award, so it’s been a busy few years. The end is in sight so I’m really looking forward to when I can chill out and relax,” she said.

Katie won’t be putting her feet up any time soon however. “I’ve recently taken on the role of District Commissioner for Girlguiding Bognor Regis South, which is hard work but it’s great to have another exciting challenge and to be able to support the other leaders and young members in my area,” said Katie.