INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA AT CEREMONY IN CARDIFF

Forty inspirational young people from Wales were presented with a Diana Award as part of INSPIRE Series in memory of Princess Diana. *Roll of honour at end of release.

The Diana Award was presented by Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of Cardiff, Cllr Bob Derbyshire and HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith.

These exceptional young people embody Princess Diana’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service. Today the Diana Award has the support of both her sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Diana award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in the lives of young people through practical social action.

Award Holders change the lives of others; whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, carer, campaigner or Anti-Bullying mentor.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive Officer, Diana Award, says;

“These awards come in a landmark year for the Diana Award as we join the world to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana. At The Diana Award we understand that valuing young people also means investing in them so we are delighted that these Award recipients will have access to our unique development programme that ensures they continue to be positive trailblazers for their generation.”

 As well as being celebrated with a prestigious Diana Award, young people attending INSPIRE Wales will receive specialised training in campaigning and community action to kick start a year long social action initiative, with their peers, to tackle social issues, make a positive change and contribute to a brighter future for themselves and others.

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For case studies, interviews or attendance, please contact Emma Pelling: 07958 558172, emma@pellingpr.co.uk;  www.diana-award.org.uk

Media spokespeople:

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive Officer, The Diana Award.
Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for fostering positive change in the lives of young people and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

About The Diana Award

The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special: young people do not work towards our award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without expectation of reward. We believe this makes The Diana Award unique and the reason why young people form a deep connection to the award.

  

ROLL OF HONOUR

ALEX ANDERSON
AIR CADETS
NEWPORT_AGE 17

Alex has a caring and compassionate nature and is known in his community for encouraging young people to reach their potential and caring for the elderly. Alex has given up 1000 hours of his spare time to volunteer, as well as working with the Air Cadets for two and a half years, where he is seen as a role model to younger cadets. He campaigns for disability awareness and is a passionate fundraiser, raising money for Ty Hafan, Saint Davids and the Alzheimer’s Society.  Alex has even been invited to the Mayor’s Parlour for tea to celebrate the impact that he has made in his community.

CHARLIE MARSH
ST JOHN CYMRU WALES
CARDIFF_AGE 16

Charlie is an outstanding individual who embodies the meaning of volunteering. His care and compassionate attitude is inspirational. Charlie has committed 600 volunteer hours in First Aid duties within his community, and over 200 hours fundraising and raising awareness of the importance of First Aid training. As well as giving up his time for the good of others, Charlie is also a Youth Ambassador for St John Cymru Wales and has raised £4000 for his Cadet unit in Tenby. Charlie is a key figure within St John Cymru, working very closely with the National Youth team in any decisions affecting young people.

SOPHIE MCCARTHY
VOLUNTEERING MATTERS
PONTYPOOL_AGE 17

Sophie has shown great courage and commitment in raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing amongst young people, volunteering over 10 hours per week to support a youth-led project called Mind Matters. She has harnessed her own personal story to help young people understand the importance of mental health and inspires others to get involved in the cause. Sophie has delivered workshops to young people across Torfaen, with 98% of participants now feeling confident to talk to their peers about mental health concerns.

MERCY NGULUBE
CHILDREN’S HIV ASSOCIATION
CARDIFF_AGE 19

A tireless campaigner, Mercy is following in Princess Diana’s footsteps, even joining forces with Prince Harry to tackle the stigma around HIV and support other young people living with the virus. She does this both through her role as Chair for the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) Youth Committee and online using the CHIVA Twitter account to correct online misinformation about HIV and challenge negativity and ignorance. She is praised for representing CHIVA and the wider community of young people living with HIV with professionalism, realism, humor, passion and intelligence.

HANNAH READ
ST CHRISTOPHER’S SCHOOL
WREXHAM_AGE 18

Hannah is an outstanding Sports Leader at her school, using her own exceptionally high level of achievement to mentor her peers and helping to raise the status of her school’s Sports Leaders programme as an example of best practice at a national level. At home Hannah is the primary carer for her parents and siblings. The past two years have seen her develop from being shy with low self esteem to a confident role model who is respected by young people and staff in schools across Wrexham. Her Assistant Headteacher has no doubt that Hannah’s dedication will lead to her becoming Head Girl next year at her school.

MEGAN THORNE
DREAMS COME TRUE
PONTYPRIDD_AGE 15

Megan is a passionate supporter of Dreams Come True, a charity that enriches the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting illnesses, that has been of great support to her sister who was born with cerebral palsy. She has passionately campaigned for the charity gaining support from her school and local businesses and is actively involved in fundraising for them. Megan has referred numerous young people to Dreams Come True who have gone on to receive ‘Dreams’ from them and has a particularly special relationship with her sister for whom she is a pillar of support.

BLAENAVON WORLD HERITAGE YOUTH AMBASSADORS
BLAENAVON PACT YOUTH PANEL
BLAENAVON_AGE 14-18

The World Heritage Youth Ambassadors are dedicated to empowering young people to learn about World Heritage, and have challenged the heritage sector’s view of youth engagement. The group’s members have all faced great adversity in their lives but together have volunteered 2,500 hours of their time to launch a platform for young people all over the UK to have their say in the way that World Heritage Sites are managed. Following an impressive presentation at the World Heritage UK’s National Conference in 2016, the trustees for WH:UK requested that there now be youth representation on their board.

#IAMME
CITY & COUNTY OF SWANSEA
SWANSEA_AGE 13-18

#IAMME are an inspirational group of young people who are dedicated to ensuring that the voices of looked after children are represented in their community. They meet each week to work on projects focused around creating a safe space for looked after children to socialise, educate and advise one another and host an annual awards ceremony in Swansea; recognising over 400 young people for achievements in education, social action, sports and community building. #IAMME are ambassadors and role models for looked after young people and are an inspiration to everyone around them.

EGYPT CENTRE YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
EGYPT CENTRE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES
SWANSEA_AGE 10-18

The Young Volunteers give up their free time throughout the year to deliver activities provided by the Egypt Centre Museum. The group help to shape the service that the museum provides and facilitate outreach activities, carrying out demonstrations and workshops throughout the school holidays for disadvantaged young people. The volunteers use their wealth of knowledge not only to enhance museum’s visitors’ experience but also to support the learning of visiting scholars and young people carrying out their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Young Volunteers are also involved in supporting campaigns in partnership with Kids in Museums charity, finding any way possible to help their community.

CAEREINION OASIS PEER SUPPORT TEAM
POWYS YOUTH SERVICE
POWYS_AGE 15-16

The Oasis Team are outstanding role models. They support the most vulnerable Year 7 pupils at their school through the transition from primary to secondary school, visiting the Year 7 tutor groups and running special activities for young people who find break times difficult. In the words of one student “Oasis have helped me feel much more confident and happier to be at school”. The group also run workshops on topical issues and host charitable events at school. They are currently planning a young carers information session, a domestic abuse awareness workshop and a bake sale to raise money for a local charity.

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