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National Diana Award Ceremony

It was an early start to a Tuesday morning, travelling with my suitcase on the busy tube with commuters suited and booted ready for business to Canary Wharf ready for a big day ahead.

That big day was the National Diana Award Ceremony kindly hosted by Barclays Headquarters. In December we received over 200 nominations not only from the UK but across the globe including the United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore and South Africa.Over 70 young people were invited to attend our prestigious Awards Ceremony in recognition of their community work.

On arrival the guests were warmly greeted by the team and served a lunch buffet along with some live music to get them into the lively atmosphere.

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The Award Holders Roper and Chante kicked off the show, following from opening speeches from our CEO of the Diana Award Tessy Ojo and Managing Director, Head of Trade and Working Capital Dan Roberts. Their speech was about encouraging young people to be a generation of change and inspiration through fulfilling our ‘BeInspiring’ motto.

We then moved onto our 1st half of the Award presentation, which started off with the Diana Active Campaigner Awards presented by celebrity Judge from Got to Dance Adam Garcia along with our CEO. The next category that was showcased, was the Diana Champion Volunteer category presented by 2014 former contestant Lola Saunders.

After the first half of the category was presented, we had some amazing entertainment from an upcoming songwriter and very own Anti-Bullying Ambassador Ashley Singh, who performed his own songs ‘Lay me down’ and ‘Won’t stop moving’ exclusively on stage.

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Next up, we had our second half of the presentation which was Diana Anti-Bullying Champion and the Diana Champion Fundraiser categories. The Diana Anti Bullying Champion was presented by our Diana Award Supporter David Grant, who gave an amazing speech focusing on the reason why young people tackle bullying in their community. Pop sensation/Girl group Neon Jungle presented our Diana Champion Fundraiser category. Last but not least our final category the Diana Courageous Citizen was presented by our Diana Youth Ambassador Paul Forkan.

We were delighted to have on stage our Award Holder Trustee Binda who shared journey and highlighted the ways in which the Diana Award programmes helped in her career progression.

To end the ceremony we had closing performance by 3 Spoken words artist from Jubilee Creative Arts Academy who gave inspirational performance, encouraging our Award Holders to make a positive change.

We are so proud to welcome our newest Diana Award Holders, and hearing all the amazing feedback. Our next Awards Ceremony will be on Monday July 13th 2015.



Our CEO celebrated by Girls Talk London!

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We’re so delighted to announce that our CEO Tessy Ojo has been celebrated by Girls Talk London!

Girls Talk London is an organisation that connects women with Senior and leading women in competitive and male dominated industries through informal Q & A sessions where these women discuss their career journey and offer tips and advice to the audience in relation to careers and their life lessons.

Read the full article here!

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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