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A Special Celebration for Award Holders in Essex at New Hall School

On the 26th February 2015 the Diana Award team travelled to New Hall School in Essex where the school was hosting a special celebration of Award Holders who received their Diana Award in 2014.

The event was kindly hosted by the Principal of New Hall School Katherine Jeffrey who was so inspired when she attended a Diana Award event that she wanted to host a celebration event at their school!

The event started with a drinks reception and the school jazz band playing some fantastic background music! Katherine Jeffrey opened the event with a very warm welcome to the school and introducing New Hall School Voluntary Service Leaders Daniel and Elizabeth who spoke passionately about the school’s commitment to voluntary work and their experiences.

Up next was Diana Champion Fundraiser and New Hall Student Charlize Spriggs. Charlize made a poetic speech describing her swim across the English Channel to raise £12,000 for the hospital that saved her grandfather’s life.



Up next Tessy Ojo our CEO spoke about the importance of celebrating young people who challenge negative stereotypes and went on to present the Diana Award alongside John Box the Chair of our Trustees to five individual Award Holders and one group from Essex.

The party then moved into the beautifully decorated St Francis Hall for an amazing 3-course dinner and a final speech given by special guests and founders of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation; Margaret and Barry Mizen MBE.

Naturally a Diana Award event couldn’t be a Diana Award event without a big selfie so we did that at the end too!

A huge thank you again to New Hall School for putting on such a special evening for our Award Holders!

If you are a Diana Award nominating organisation and would like to host a similar event please get in touch either on 020 7628 7499 or



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We’re delighted to have been awarded £15,000 in recognition of our work to promote traits such as grit and resilience in young people – improving their employment chances and increasing their participation in society.

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We partner with Deloitte in London

Deloitte have signed up to become Progress+ Mentors to upskill 22 disengaged and disadvantaged young teens, aged 13-15yrs whilst they also receive support from the Diana Award YouthMentor

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Diana Award joins forces with ASOS to tackle body confidence in teens

News release: 3 February 2015

Today (3 February 2015) The Diana Award announces its partnership with ASOS to tackle body confidence in young people.  This new programme will equip and empower teens, from across the UK, helping them to overcome pressures relating to body image, build their self-esteem and allow them to support each other.

This two year initiative will involve a series of practical and hands-on workshops reaching thousands of young people in schools and at Diana Award and ASOS engagement events.  It brings the knowledge and expertise of the Diana Award in training and developing young people.   Sessions will also be aimed at teachers, parents and family with the aim of bringing everyone on board to build a body confident nation.

Tessy Ojo, CEO, Diana Award says:  “This is such an important issue for young people as body image issues can affect everything from relationships to job interviews.  We are determined to give teenagers the tools and the building blocks for future happiness.  By starting with young people we can institute real change in body confidence for generations to come.  Our initiative with ASOS offers a way to have direct conversations with teenagers, helping them to challenge some of the pressures they are under on a daily basis.”


Cressida Dimmock, Corporate Responsibility Manager, ASOS, says: “ASOS shares the same concerns as Diana Award about the importance of promoting a positive body image and improving self-esteem. We understand completely the devastating affects low body confidence can have on young people’s wellbeing and happiness, which is why we’ve made body confidence a key part of our Fashion with Integrity strategy.  ASOS is delighted to be supporting Diana Award on this new exciting initiative. We want to use our influence among young fashion-lovers to promote more responsible and healthy body images. It’s a stand we’ve taken to protect our customers and we hope it will influence the wider fashion world.”

The Diana Award was set up as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power the change the world for the better. Her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry support the award and Prime Minister David Cameron MP is Patron.

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Further information:
Emma Pelling t.
0207 624 7533 / 07958 558172

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