Receiving The Diana Award | Eight Years On

It may have been a long eight years since Hayley Shannon received her Diana Award but it still has a significant impact on her life to this day. Here she explains just how Princess Diana’s Legacy continues to affect her.

3 August 2018

I received my Princess Diana Award back when I was in Year 9. My very large secondary school launched a “Stop Bullying” campaign that was initially for the new Year 7’s who had revealed, through surveys, that they were a little apprehensive about joining such a large capacity school, where their whole primary school would have fitted into just ONE of our school years! Bullying was their top concern.

Me and two of my friends were selected by my lovely English teacher – Ms Ruzane to do something about it and reassure them that just because there’s more pupils, doesn’t mean there’s more bullies.

Diana Award Holder, Hayley Shannon.

First, we created a “TALK” system that explained where anyone who was being bullied could go to and who to talk to in order to get it to stop. That also included some Year 11 pupils, if victims didn’t want to go to teachers. Along with a “See it Stop it” campaign, in case you happened to see someone getting bullied and they were too scared to get help for themselves.

Next we created a lunch time club where those suffering bullying, or anyone feeling alone could come to spend their break times playing games and building friendships.

“If you’re shy, just try.”

Next we created a lunch time club where those suffering bullying, or anyone feeling alone could come to spend their break times playing games and building friendships.

We compiled all this information, along with basic school advice into a welcome brochure and travelled around to local primary schools spreading the good word. I even got to visit my old primary school, Oakdale, and met with my favourite teacher from there, Miss Hallybone. She had campaigned against bullying herself and had helped to make Oakdale into a Beacon School, so she was pleased with the work we had done.

Ms Ruzane very kindly put us forward for the Princess Diana Award that we received from Esther Rantzen in a very glitzy place in Canary Wharf. This Award felt very unique and special. It was also the first thing I’d won apart from an egg and spoon race about five years previously. I was so honoured and grateful to receive one!

It impacted on my life by helping me to come out of my shell. I used to be very shy and the work leading up to it made me realise that I could achieve things. As my very aptly named drama teacher, Miss Kind, said “if you’re shy, just try”.

Hayley’s Diana Award badge.

I went on the be an Office Manager for a care company and used the skills I’d gained to visit care homes and do numerous talks. As well as work with multiple colleges to train carers and create activity clubs for residents to combat boredom or decline. I now work as a Tour Guide on a London Sightseeing Bus. You’ll never guess who the first interview question was about – Princess Diana!!

Thank you to The Diana Award and to Childline for all the brilliant and courageous work you do. Thank you to Esther Rantzen for launching the Charity and of course thank you to Ms Ruzane for believing in us.

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