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SCOTTISH PRESENTERS AND PERFORMERS HONOUR OUTSTANDING YOUNG HEROES FROM SCOTLAND

16 young people from across Scotland and two from the USA and Puerto Rico will be publicly honoured with The Diana Award at the National Museum of Scotland for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

5 November 2018

Today 18 inspirational children and teens, from across Scotland, will be presented with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, TRHs The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

CEO Tessy Ojo speaking at The Diana Award Ceremony.

These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise their own generation to service their communities through campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, tackling bullying or overcoming extreme life challenges. Although their causes and backgrounds are varied, what they all have in common is that they are changing their communities and the world as Princess Diana believed they could.

Young people include (full list at end of release):

CODY MCMANUS
EDINBURGH_AGE 9
When Cody realised that not every child received gifts at Christmas, he decided to do something about it. Devising a unique fundraising campaign called ‘Cody’s Christmas Box’ he set about raising money and donations to fill an entire boxing ring with toys that could be donated to those less fortunate. His efforts raised a staggering £12,000 worth of toys, befitting over 500 children, and bringing smiles and joy on Christmas Day. In addition to his boxing challenge, Cody has also raised a further £10,000 to buy sixty-four bikes for children by cycling 58km from Edinburgh to Falkirk, and £1000 for the homeless. His determination has inspired many and sparked many important conversations within the community.

GRACE ALLAN
GLASGOW_AGE 15
Grace volunteers every week at Rainbows, always arriving with a positive attitude and ready to give an incredible experience for all children in her care. She takes time to plan activities, going the extra mile to support further opportunities such as day trips and moving up ceremonies. Grace provides additional support by organising activities in advance, effectively leading and looking after the young children, providing leaders with time to focus on tasks that require attention. Without the support of Grace, full sessions may not run and the number of girls who could attend would be limited.

ELLORA JAMES
WICK_AGE 17
Ellora has a passion for coding and is the co-founder and Managing Director of her company Envirocache Ltd. She has been a driving force in the development of the Envirocache app where she secured funding to develop the application. In June 2016 Ellora was awarded Apps for Good Fellow of the Year for her continued work developing her app Envirocache and using her experiences to encourage others, especially girls, to try computing and show that being young doesn’t mean you can’t be ambitious. She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering her technical skills, inspiring other young people and creating positive change in the world through technology.

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders from Scotland who are positive trailblazers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens, creating a positive ripple effect across communities in the UK and the world. At The Diana Award we value and invest in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”
Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award

WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?

Award Holders have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognised their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey.

There are 13 Diana Award Judging Panels representing each UK region or nation and a further two panels representing countries outside of the UK. Each panel consist of four judges; Two Diana Award Holders, an education or youth work professional, and a business or government representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each UK region/nation will receive The Diana Award.

Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and Scoring Guide which have been created to measure quality of youth social action. 2019 nominations for The Diana Award are now open until Spring 2019 and can be submitted here.

SCOTLAND ROLL OF HONOUR

LOUISE AITKEN
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE YOUNG CARERS LINKED UP
LENZIE_AGE 17
Louise is a shining example of an individual who believes life is a shared experience where everyone should do their best to make it as good as possible for all. Despite her daily life being punctuated by her caring responsibilities for her younger sister with autism, Louise has taken on additional volunteering roles including running dementia awareness sessions in primary schools, volunteering at a Cancer Research Charity Shop and supporting other young carers through her role as an ambassador with Carer’s Link. She does all this whilst studying child development at college, a course she chose to build her skills and knowledge in support of her sister. Described as giving 100 percent to everything she does, she is an inspirational role model to all those who meet her.

GRACE ALLAN
NETHERLEE AND STAMPERLAND RAINBOW UNIT
GLASGOW_AGE 15
Grace volunteers every week at Rainbows, always arriving with a positive attitude and ready to give an incredible experience for all children in her care. She takes time to plan activities, going the extra mile to support further opportunities such as day trips and moving up ceremonies. Grace provides additional support by organising activities in advance, effectively leading and looking after the young children, providing leaders with time to focus on tasks that require attention. Without the support of Grace, full sessions may not run and the number of girls who could attend would be limited.

EILIDH BRUCE
NETHERLEE AND STAMPERLAND RAINBOW UNIT
GLASGOW_AGE 16
Eilidh has volunteered at Guides every week for three years, taking a lead role in organising and delivering activities, which are both engaging and challenging. She is described as a positive role model to the girls in her group, resulting in many of them seeking her advice, guidance and insight. Eilidh also helps the Guides earn their badges, working closely with those who struggle to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed. She is extremely motivational and ensures the young girls strive to achieve their full potential. Eilidh’s hard work has led her to be asked to be an official young leader with a view to taking over the lead role in the future.

JOSEPH BUSIG
OAK HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON_AGE 17
Joseph is a passionate human rights campaigner, with a strong belief that everyone, no matter their background, is entitled to fair treatment. He is currently lobbying Washington State to create legislation relating to media biases. Joseph is tireless in fighting for equality, from his social action work on the District School Board to his LGBT campaigning, he is already making waves in his community. To quote Joseph, “Every person is entitled to be free and to live their lives no matter any differences they might have. To treat those people differently is wrong and immoral”.

EMMA CARRAGHER
MARYHILL JUNIOR NETBALL CLUB
GLASGOW_AGE 16
Emma has tirelessly supported other young people to develop in confidence, motivation, and self-worth at her netball club. She is determined to give more than is required of her and dedicates three evening per week, despite school commitments, to ongoing support for the young people in her team. Emma works to break social down barriers, encouraging the social engagement of young people from different backgrounds for them to reach their full potential. She works to encourage other young people to engage in volunteering to develop not only in their own confidence, but that of the other young people they come in contact with.

AMY DALY
ACHIEVE MORE SCOTLAND
GLASGOW_AGE 17
Amy has been a valuable volunteer of Achieve More Scotland for eight years, dedicating her time to the young people of Glasgow. She has been involved in numerous projects as a coach and volunteer, generously delivering services all over Glasgow to the most deprived communities. These campaigns and projects include raising awareness of gender-based violence, discrimination and social deprivation. Amy has demonstrated commitment and passion, utilising her encouraging nature to work with the hardest to reach young people. Her determination to challenge herself and step out of her comfort zone, even in times of self-doubt, is inspiring to everyone around her.

ALASDAIR HEMMING
BANCHORY ACADEMY
BANCHORY_AGE 17
For the past two years, Ally has worked tirelessly to support the U14 Football Team at Banchory Academy. His hard work, dedication and commitment to the team inspires pupils to be the very best versions of themselves. Ally meticulously arranges fixtures, games, events and kits, demonstrating constant dedication to the team, both on and off the pitch. He successfully gained sponsorship from two local organisations and, as a result, secured over £1,000 of funding for new football kits. Ally’s infectious positive attitude and impressive leadership skills ensure his team respect, value and trust him wholeheartedly.

ELLORA JAMES
APPS FOR GOOD
WICK_AGE 17
Ellora has a passion for coding and is the co-founder and Managing Director of her company Envirocache Ltd. She has been a driving force in the development of the Envirocache app where she secured funding to develop the application. In June 2016 Ellora was awarded Apps for Good Fellow of the Year for her continued work developing her app Envirocache and using her experiences to encourage others, especially girls, to try computing and show that being young doesn’t mean you can’t be ambitious. She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering her technical skills, inspiring other young people and creating positive change in the world through technology.

JOANNA LAMB
RADIO LOLLIPOP FOR CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL
EDINBURGH_AGE 18
Throughout Joanna’s hospital treatment, she has continued to support various charities, raising funds to fulfil her aim of helping others affected by illness. Joanna donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust while undergoing cancer treatment and encouraged her friends to do the same, raising more than £16,000. She also acts as a Trustee, fundraises for and delivers talks for the charity Its Good 2 Give, sharing her experience of her medical diagnosis to help support young cancer sufferers and their families. In spite of her diagnosis and treatment, including the amputation of her leg, Joanna remains determined to make a difference.

AMANDA LOGAN
ARMY CADET FORCE & LANDED PEER EDUCATION
AIRDRIE_AGE 17
Amanda is committed to providing peer education in her local area, with a passion for making a difference. She regularly volunteers her time to attend, organise and run peer education events providing peer support on LGBT+ issues, drugs, sexual health and alcohol to name a few. This experience of peer support flows seamlessly into her work within the Army Cadets. Amanda holds the rank of Corporal and is responsible for the welfare of junior cadets and has combined her work in peer education within her role. She has participated extensively in fundraising for local and national charities, most recently with the Poppy Scotland Appeal, helping to raise over £12,000 in local collections.

EMMA MCFARLANE
ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE
GLASGOW_AGE 17
Having been deeply affected by a presentation on her local Hospice, Emma signed up to be an ambassador. Emma has raised a significant amount of money for the Hospice and established an annual fundraiser at Strathclyde Park. She is a Young Scot 5Rights Youth Commissioner and represents group at public meetings. She has played a part in Scotland becoming a nation that recognises young people’s rights online and produced a report for the Scottish Government called ‘Our Digital Rights’. Emma’s ambition is to be an economist in the civil service where she feels she can continue to make a real difference to others.

CODY MCMANUS
DUDDINGSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
EDINBURGH_AGE 9
When Cody realised that not every child received gifts at Christmas, he decided to do something about it. Devising a unique fundraising campaign called ‘Cody’s Christmas Box’ he set about raising money and donations to fill an entire boxing ring with toys that could be donated to those less fortunate. His efforts raised a staggering £12,000 worth of toys, befitting over 500 children, and bringing smiles and joy on Christmas Day. In addition to his boxing challenge, Cody has also raised a further £10,000 to buy sixty-four bikes for children by cycling 58km from Edinburgh to Falkirk, and £1000 for the homeless. His determination has inspired many and sparked many important conversations within the community.

PRIYA NAHAR
HILLHEAD HIGH SCHOOL CHARITIES COMMITTEE
GLASGOW_AGE 17
Priya has volunteered almost 500 hours to various causes and programmes, including leading her school’s Charities Committee for the last two years where she organised events such as an annual onesie day and flashmob to raise money for Children in Need and other local charities. In addition to her charity work, Priya is also a Sport Ambassador and Coach, volunteering in classes, mentoring S4 sports leaders and delivering courses, such as Table Officiating. She is also a Glasgow Fever Young Leader, a member of Glasgow Life Young Leaders, a Gold Young Ambassador, the PE Departments ‘go to’ organiser and is described as a truly inspirational role model.

ASHLEIGH NORRIS
EASTWOOD ROTARY CLUB
BARRHEAD_AGE 17
Asheligh has dedicated hundreds of hours to a wide range of causes across Scotland, overcoming her own difficulties to do so. Her local Scout lodge and the groups who visit benefit from her assistance in activities such as archery and water sports, in addition to maintaining the general upkeep of the facilities. Her passion for animals led her to volunteer at a local shelter, working with troubled dogs and even adopting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier into her own home. In addition to this, she also volunteers her time to a local stables, working with a therapy group for autistic children where she is credited with creating a relaxed and calm environment and earning her the 200-hour Saltire Award.

VILMARIE OCASIO
GIRL SCOUTS_MANATI
PUERTO RICO_AGE 18
Vilmarie is a pioneer for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness and Cancer Prevention, conditions that are intimately close to her, since her mother was diagnosed with MS when she was 15 years old and her grandfather and great grandmother died of cancer. Vilmarie’s primary avenues for advocacy and awareness are an education program. Her efforts led to her meeting the Governor of Puerto Rico and discussing with him the importance of tracking MS cases in the country. Through the passing of this Law, a national registry will have an accurate count of Puerto Ricans with MS, which can be applied to the federal funding and resources provided to the island by the government. She has recently taken her campaign even further, meeting with officials in Washington.

JODIE STANDEN
INVERNESS COMPANY, 1ST BATTALION THE HIGHLANDERS ARMY CADET FORCE
FORT WILLIAM_AGE 16
Jodie is a unique young lady and a ‘shining example’. Jodie was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciosis, a condition that can cause extreme pain, but this has not deterred her. She is a 4 star cadet instructor in The Highlanders Army Cadet Force (ACF) and a qualified Drum Major in their Pipe Band. Jodie has inspired others to join the ACF and helped tutor new recruits. Jodie has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charities such as Poppy Scotland, Ssafa, Cuddle Cot for Local Hospital and Commando Vets Association. She demonstrates outstanding leadership skills in roles such as Football Team Captain and Section Commander.

GRACE WARNOCK
RADIO LOLLIPOP FOR CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL
EDINBURGH_AGE 12
As a young person diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and wishing to assist others, Grace had an idea to raise awareness of this silent illness by creating a sign to highlight the disability. This sign, now known as ‘Grace’s sign’, is displayed outside toilets in major venues where it creates an avenue for people to understand the silent disability. Since its implementation, Grace’s sign has reached local and international audiences and her cause has been formally endorsed by members of the Scottish Parliament. As well as raising awareness about Crohn’s disease, Grace has also fundraised for many charities, last year completing ‘The Kilt Walk’.

SIOBHAN YOUNG
LENZIE ACADEMY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
KIRKINTILLOCH_AGE 18
Siobhan does not let her Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy diagnosis hold her back, working hard to take a full and active role in her school and wider community through her time spent volunteering at a school for pupils with severe disabilities. Siobhan works closely with a class teacher to assist with activities and helps pupils with their learning. She is always at the front of school fundraising activities, demonstrating her determination to succeed and acting as a role model to others. She has learned how to get the most out of every experience and encourages others to be more patient and aware of disability.

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