INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG SCOTS RECEIVE THE DIANA AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

Olympic Rower Katherine Grainger CBE presents
international award set up in memory of Princess Diana

PHOTOCALL AND MEDIA INTERVIEWS: 12 NOON AT THE EMIRATES ARENA

News Release: 5, December 2016

The Emirates Arena on Monday 5 December 2016: inspirational young people, from across Scotland, will be presented with The Diana Award as part of INSPIRE Series. These outstanding young people – from Scotland have invested a huge amount of energy and time to improve the lives of others and receive the Award, in memory of Princess Diana with pride. Today The Diana Award has the support of both her sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Award Holders change the lives of others; whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, carer, campaigner or Anti-Bullying mentor.   Young people receiving The Diana Award at this event include (full roll of honour at end of release):

  • Kira, 13 years old nominated by Radio Lollipop for Children in Hospital, Edinburgh
    Kira has undergone intense medical treatment for Neuroblastoma; a cancer that is becoming increasingly prevalent in young people. Despite being just eleven years old when she was diagnosed, Kira’s courageous attitude has inspired the lives of all around her and has earned her the nickname of ‘Kira the Machine’. Whilst in hospital she offered support to other cancer sufferers and their families and raised awareness of her condition through social media.
  • Ross, age 17, Dalkeith High School, Dalkeith
    Living by the motto ‘nothing is impossible’, Ross has become an inspiration to both able-bodied and disabled people in his community. Despite suffering a growth disorder, Ross is a fundamental member of his local badminton club. He is dedicated to increasing the participation of disabled young people in sport and volunteers his time to provide free tuition to make that happen. Ross sits on the Lothian Disability Forum and Young Person’s Sports Panel; encouraging young people of all abilities to persevere with their chosen sport. Ross has been asked to represent Scotland at four national championships and hopes to do the same at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

 

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

 We would like to congratulate all our new Award Holders today as they join #DianasLegacy and an alumni of 47,000 Diana Award Holders. These awards come on the eve of a momentus year for The Diana Award as we join the world to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Underpinning all the work we do is the Power of Peer. We use this to change attitudes and behavior to ensure young people get the support they need to get on in life and mobilise them to be a force for good in society.”

As well as being celebrated with the prestigious Diana Award, young people attending INSPIRE Scotland 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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Award Holders, along with ages and location listed below

 

The Roll of Honour

INSPIRE Scotland 2016 

Brittany, 17 years old nominated by Park School in Kilmarnock

Brittany’s story of overcoming confidence issues and low self-esteem is inspirational. After moving to her new school she became a highly respected member of her school community; gaining confidence through voluntary work, supporting students at a local primary school and nursery. Brittany also runs a lunch club for socially disadvantaged pupils; always prioritising the needs of those who need the most. Her dedication to improving the lives of others has earnt Brittany the role of Deputy Head Girl at Park School.

 

Kira, 13 years old nominated by Radio Lollipop for Children in Hospital in Edinburgh

Kira has undergone intense medical treatment for Neuroblastoma; a cancer that is becoming increasingly prevalent in young people. Despite being just eleven years old when she was diagnosed with the condition, Kira’s courageous attitude has inspired the lives of all around her and has earned her the nickname of ‘Kira the Machine’. Whilst in hospital she offered support to other cancer sufferers and their families and raised awareness of her condition through social media. Kira is greatly admired by her entire school community who are delighted that she has gradually managed to come back into classes.

 

Ji, 11 years old nominated by St. Vincent’s Primary School in Glasgow

Ji has shown incredible courage in overcoming the challenges he has faced throughout his life. Despite these he has made an immeasurable difference to the life of another student at his school who has cerebral palsy, limited use of one arm and a splint on one leg. Ji supports his friend around school, helps him up when he falls and ensures he is always included and encouraged on the football pitch. Ji is an outstanding role model to others at his school and his teachers are delighted to be able to shine the spotlight on a student who is always so selfless.

 

Adam, age 17 from Barrhead High school in Barrhead

Adam has devoted over three years of his life to using sport to create positive change. Using his own initiative, Adam began a free running and gymnastics club and in so doing has helped to reduce the stigma of boys being involved in gymnastics in his local community. He has never missed a session and provides one-on-one support for all those in need. Adam also chairs a council which recognises positive achievement in his school. Adam’s determination and commitment to his community has been crucial in providing opportunities to achieve success for people who exhibit challenging behaviour.

 

Advaith, age 16 from, Douglas Academy in Milngavie

Over the last four years Advaith has been on a mission to give back to his local community volunteering with seven different organisations over four years. He has now completed over 300 volunteering hours, achieving ‘The Saltire Summit Award’ for outstanding contribution to volunteering. Advaith is an elected member of the Scottish Youth Parliament working with MPs and MSPs to create positive change for young people in Scotland. He has helped raise awareness of mental health issues, fundraised for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and inspires others around him to get involved in volunteering.

 

Alana, age 17, Barrhead High School in Barrhead

Alana has become a pillar of support to both students and staff in her school. Rather than let her battle with anxiety overwhelm her, Alana chose to help those going through similar situations. Her compassion, empathy and dedication to her school’s ‘Support for Learning’ department has made her a pillar of support in her community. Alana’s kindness has made an impact on many students; organising local trips for students with learning difficulties, mental health issues and gender identity issues. She has fostered a supportive environment and demonstrated the importance of inclusion and acceptance to all around her.

 

At Your Side, ate 12 to 13, Castlehead High School in Paisley

At Your Side are passionate about providing peer support in their school and are committed to charitable causes. After one of the girls experienced family loss the group began an awareness campaign to support other children experiencing family illness and are committed to this cause. They have also worked closely with ‘The British Young Citizen Award’ organisation and the ‘I Am Me’ disability hate crime group. Not only does the group raise awareness, but they fundraise for a range of charities, and have contributed to the decrease of bullying incidents in their school.

 

The Community Volunteers, age 16 to 18, Bishopbriggs Academy in Glasgow

The work done by the Bishopbriggs Academy Community Volunteers is a story of youth empowerment beginning in 2014. Initially led by one of their teachers, the girls began volunteering at a local care home but upon their teacher’s departure the girls took charge of the scheme that has helped build strong intergenerational relationships. They have become certified “Dementia Friends”, speaking at dementia awareness events and were even nominated for a national dementia award from Alzheimer’s Scotland. They have shown that volunteering has a place in adolescent life and have changed the lives of many; becoming more confident and responsible citizens in the process.

 

Bo’ness Academy Young Leaders, age 12 to 17, Bo’ness Academy in Bo’ness

The Bo’ness Young Leaders ensure the wellbeing of many of their fellow pupils through a multitude of projects. In total the team have devoted 400 hours of their time to helping over 200 fellow pupils. They have organised a Sportathon which raised over £2,000 to help improve sport facilities in their school and they have secured a local sports club’s support which now offers free tuition to the school’s pupils. The Bo’ness Young Leaders have inspired their peers to become young leaders and they themselves have developed into strong individuals in the process.

 

Ellie, age 13, West Calder High School in Polbeth

Ellie is an inspiring young woman who has not let her Cerebral Palsy stop her from achieving her goals and giving back to others. She dedicates her time to the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’ not only competing in national events but also fundraising for the group even when her illness prevents her from taking part. Over the last year Ellie has had three major operations which stopped her from riding yet continues to live with optimism and puts all of her effort into everything she does, including achieving her dream of riding in the Paralympics. Ellie inspires all with her motto “scars are tattoos with better stories”.

 

The LCR Buddy Network, age 16-18, Hillpark Language and Communication Resource in Glasgow

The LCR Buddy Network have focused on befriending young people with autism, helping them build strong interpersonal relationships and are trusted role models who can listen, sympathise and offer sound advice on a range of issues and concerns. The group supports with schoolwork, run clubs and social activities and most importantly provide the shelter of safe and welcoming companionship for young people who can feel vulnerable in a school environment. The Buddies have helped increase self-esteem in pupils with autism, combatted a lack of social understanding and helped to integrate students with autism into mainstream school activities.

 

 

Kenedy, age 16, Chryston High School in Glasgow

Kennedy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students in her school have a strong support system. Kennedy has dedicated hours of her time to running lunchtime and after school clubs, as well helping out at shows and parent’s evenings. Caring and attentive, Kennedy has helped students build self-esteem, offered emotional support and coached students with SENs. Kennedy has made the decision to become a teacher when she is older and has already started her UCAS application to study Education. Her teachers say her transformation from a shy, timid pupil to a confident young person has been wonderful to see.

 

 

Martin, age16, Bridging the Gap in Glasgow

Martin has an undeniable passion for helping people. For over two years he has been committed to ‘Bridging the Gap’; a programme at his school that ensures students have a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. Inspired by his own mentor, Martin wanted to motivate other young people and and thinks the best way to do this is by getting involved yourself; he plays a significant role in mentoring and tutoring younger pupils. Martin is an asset to his school community and is a fantastic example of generosity, acceptance of others and has a passion for equality.

 

Meghan, age 17, John Paul Academy in Glasgow

Meghan has been volunteering for three years using her passion for sports to benefit other people. She acts as a role model and motivates others to become more involved in sport and to lead a healthier lifestyle. She has given up an extraordinary amount of her own time volunteering after school at various sports clubs in order to support the young people and assist teachers and coaches. Meghan is also a Young Ambassador and represents her school at conferences within Glasgow City Council. School staff have praised Meghan for making younger pupils feel supported and more confident.

 

Kilsyth YPI Winners, age 16, Chris’s House Airdrie

The Kilsyth YPI Winners are an inspirational group of young people who have dedicated their time to fundraising and raising awareness for Chris’s House; a suicide prevention organisation. Having initially supported the charity as part of a Youth and Philanthropy

Initiative at their school, the girls became incredibly committed to the cause; promoting their work to other organisations, building strong links with the organisation and raising

£3600. The funds raised have been of significant benefit to Chris’s House and have helped them to offer outreach suicide awareness raising sessions to local youth groups, organisations and schools.

 

Rachel, age 17, Douglas Academy in Glasgow

Over the last three years Rachel has dedicated over 500 volunteer hours to her local community. This has included working with the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’, her school’s ‘Rights Respecting Association’ and the ‘Eco and Fairtrade Club’. Rachel has adopted an innovative approach to fundraising, organising bush tucker trails and ‘Sponge the Teacher’ events. In total she has raised over £2,400 for charity. She also provides support to young girls in her local Karate Club and at her Brownie Unit helping them to achieve their disability awareness badge in association with the Riding for the Disabled Association.

 

Rebekah, age 17, Douglas Academy in Glasgow

Despite being in and out of hospital due to a serious heart condition Rebekah is passionate about volunteering. For many years she has given her time to support her local care home, coach young people in sport and get involved in any charitable activity that she is able to. She has helped build strong intergenerational relationships in her community by linking the care home with her school and organised coffee mornings to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Research. Her selflessness and courageous approach to life is inspirational to everyone around her.

 

Ross, age 17, Dalkeith High School in Dalkeith

Living by the motto ‘nothing is impossible’, Ross has become an inspiration to both able-bodied and disabled people in his community. Despite suffering a growth disorder, Ross is a fundamental member of his local badminton club. He is dedicated to increasing the participation of disabled young people in sport and volunteers his time to provide free tuition to make that happen. Ross sits on the Lothian Disability Forum and Young Person’s Sports Panel; encouraging young people of all abilities to persevere with their chosen sport. Ross has been asked to represent Scotland at four national championships and hopes to do the same at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

 

Suely and Engracia, age 18, Hillpark Language and Communication Resource in Glasgow

Engracia befriended Suely when she came to Hillpark and the two girls worked closely, not just supporting the causes they care about, but also each other. Suely has thrown herself enthusiastically into an incredible amount of social justice initiatives with Engracia, yet all the while learning English and focusing on her academic studies as well as working four nights a week in a restaurant to support herself. Both girls are considered to be excellent role models for their peers and have been leaders within their communities; Suely and Engracia have been the driving force at the head of a group which has raised over £10,000 for Mary’s Meals and £1500 for educational resources for Mang’omba School in Malawi.

 

Malawi Group, age 16-17, Williamwood High School in Clarkston

The fundraising efforts of Williamwood Malawi Group have been life-changing for the 1400 pupils who attend Ekwendeni Primary School in Malawi. By organising a variety of fundraising events including a race night, fashion show, Burns Supper and ‘Malawi Week’ the group raised an incredible £10,000 which has allowed for the renovation of fourteen classrooms which were falling into a serious state of disrepair. The group have also inspired other students at their school to continue supporting Ekwendi by speaking about their experiences in assemblies.

 

Siobhan, age 17, Kear Campus (Clydesdale Support Base) in Lesmahagow

Siobhan has overcome significant adversity in her life and in doing so has become an inspirational young role model for her peers, many of whom have social, emotional and mental health issues at Clydesdale Support Base. She has transformed her life by focusing on achieving her qualifications and taking on a mentoring role for younger students which she has done without prompting. In the past Siobhan has had a poor school attendance but this has now risen to 95% and she is on track to achieve her SQA National 4 English and Maths.

 

Matthew, age 17, Kear Campus (Clydesdale Support Base) in Lesmahagow

Matthew is an inspiring young person who has worked hard to step away from the negative influences in his life, dramatically improve his school attendance and supporting his peers with their learning. He has been of invaluable support to one young person with behavioural issues; guiding him through school life and encouraging him to use positive behaviour. Matthew is a fantastic role model to all of his peers at school and has also increased his disabled uncle’s quality of life by helping him to attend biker’s meetings and rallies.

 

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