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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.
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.
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.