A Nottingham-based building supplies and plant and tool hire company has donated more than £2,000 to help students at Arnold Hill Academy complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expedition in Snowdonia.

(L-R) Ben C, Kat, Elodie, Ellie, Nina, Angus, Ben H, Zoe, Leo, James & Jonathan at Dolgam, Snowdonia.

Frank Key Group in Daybook is owned by Robert Sansom, a long term supporter of Arnold Hill Academy. He pledged £200 per student to cover part of the cost of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The whole expedition process costs £525 per person. 

Twelve students planned and completed a four-day expedition across Snowdonia National Park. The expedition is a vital component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Roger Smith is Arnold Hill’s DofE Centre Manager. He says: “The generous contribution that the school received from Frank Key went a long way to making this expedition a reality. During the expedition, our students faced a real challenge that pushed them to the limit, both physically and mentally. The skills they learned will benefit them greatly in years to come.

“The Duke of Edinburgh award is of huge value to young people in the jobs market. It provides a real point of difference, helping them to develop skills that will be useful in the workplace. It's fantastic to see Frank Key investing in the future of our students.”

Robert Sansom adds: “It is a pleasure to continue our support with Arnold Hill School and its Duke of Edinburgh programme. Helping the students take part in such a life-changing scheme is truly rewarding. We take great pride in investing in our local community and helping young people succeed. A massive well done to all of those who took part; we are sure you have all developed valuable skills and made memories for life.” 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people. To achieve an award, students take part in a host of activities including volunteering, learning a skill, getting fit, taking part in a week-long residential and planning and undertaking an expedition in wild country. www.dofe.org.


Frank Key is an independent family-owned company with its HQ in the Daybrook, Nottingham and branches across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. It has an ongoing programme of charitable donations and supports many local community groups and campaigns.