News Release: 4 July 2017

The Diana Award is delighted that Alex Holmes who heads up The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign has been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award representing the United Kingdom in the Commonwealth.  Alex was presented with his award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 29 June 2017.

Alex, a former victim of bullying, used his experience age 16 to found the concept of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. He runs this full time, heading up the programme and campaign at charity The Diana Award.  As a result there are now over 20,000 Ambassadors in over 3,000 schools across the UK and Ireland.

An Anti-Bullying Ambassador is a young person in their school, community and online who stands up for themselves and others against bullying. As part of the training they are given the knowledge, skills and motivation to tackle all forms of bullying empowered as peers to lead on creating change and shaping behaviours and attitudes. To watch a video of Alex’s work produced by Queen’s Young Leaders team go to: https://youtu.be/i-saxoflQtc

The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 across the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the Queen’s Young Leaders become part of a growing community –  a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and being supported to become an even greater force for good.

Alex Holmes, 29 yrs, from Milton Keynes, has been acknowledged for his commitment to ending bullying in schools. Alex Holmes said, This award means a lot to me, the 9 year old bullied Alex who didn’t have a voice definitely has a voice now and I’m so proud of how far this idea I had at my school has come. It’s down to people believing in me and I’m delighted Queen’s Young Leaders are now supporting my work. I’m looking forward to learning from other leaders about their success, challenges and experience and I’m certain this will inspire me to continue my own work and future projects.’

Alex’s next project is to introduce his smile and compliment ideas into schools, focusing on the idea of teaching, creating and sharing happiness: http://smilesandcompliments.com/

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Young Leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:

“We are delighted that these incredible young people have been selected as Queen’s Young Leaders, and wish our warmest congratulations to each and every one of them. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is designed to inspire and nurture the talent of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth, so that they can create and lead others towards securing positive changes in communities. The work being undertaken by the latest cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders is addressing some of the most crucial issues facing the Commonwealth today. We cannot wait to see how their impressive endeavours grow and develop over the course of the year to come and beyond.”

To see a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com

Alex runs the Anti-Bullying programme at The Diana Award. The Diana Award was set up as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better in 1999.


For further details, please contact

Emma Pelling: 07958 558172 emma@pellingpr.co.uk

Sarah Fagan: 020 7820 2526 /  s.fagan@comicrelief.com

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