As we remember Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 15th anniversary of her death on Friday 31st August 2012, it is wonderful to know that her legacy lives on through thousands of inspirational young people in the UK.
Over 36,000 young people across the UK have already been honoured with a Diana Award. Every Award Holder has demonstrated the qualities associated with the late Princess – compassion and a selfless commitment to improving the lives of others.
The Diana Award, established in 1999 as an official legacy to the late Princess’s belief in the power of young people to change the world, exists to celebrate young people who make a positive contribution to their communities. The Prime Minister David Cameron is a Patron of the Diana Award.
Award Holders come from all circumstances and sections of society; they are volunteers, fundraisers, campaigners, anti-bullying mentors, carers – anyone who has positively influenced others.
In keeping with the remarkable charitable work that Diana herself pioneered all around the world, the International Diana Award was launched in 2011. Recipients include young people in India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Paraguay, Chile and Africa.
Receiving the Diana Award has a lasting impact on the lives of the young people that receive it. Once they receive the award they are supported in achieving their true potential, for themselves and their communities, through the Diana Network.
Tony Shepherd, Interim Chief Executive of the Diana Award said: “It is important that we take the time to celebrate the achievements of these exceptional young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow.”
He continued to say: “We work hard to ensure the last legacy to the late Princess continues and we could not do this without our supporters. We always welcome new partners and corporate engagement opportunities from organisations looking for a mutually beneficial partnership.”