Diana Courageous Citizen, 22 year old Ceri Davies carried the Olympic torch through Wolverhampton on Saturday 30th June.
Ceri is one of 8,000 inspirational people chosen to carry the Olympic torch. She said: “Carrying the torch was amazing. I had such a good time – it was a very positive and emotional experience. When it was my turn with the torch, I thought about everything I have done in youth participation and the young people I have worked with across the country. I very much felt that it was for everyone who has supported me. I felt like it was recognition of everything I have done since I was 13 until now.”
Ceri received the Diana Award at 15 for her work as a dedicated and active member of Dudley Youth Council. Ceri has cerebral palsy and spina bifida and is permanently in a wheelchair. Despite this, she is determined to do everything she can to support disadvantaged young people and works with numerous charities. Since receiving the Diana Award Ceri has played a big role in the organisation and, she is a member of the Youth Advisory Board and the Network Advisory Board. She was a speaker at the United Nations Rights of a Child conference in 2005 through the Diana Award.
Ceri’s most recent project is More Mascots Please which has received a small amount of funding through 02 Think Big Campaign. The project works with mascots and disabled young people to build self confidence and enjoyment. She is looking to spread the campaign wider by applying for more funding and support.
Most recently Ceri has gone on to set up her own consultancy company, CD Participation Services, which offers research, motivational speaking and youth work. She visits schools in the Dudley area, to teach young people to actively participate in their community, encouraging volunteering and more cohesive environment.