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HEAD OF HEFORSHE ELIZABETH NYAMAYARO, BRYONY GORDON AND RICHARD ARNOLD TO HONOUR OUTSTANDING YOUNG HEROES AT LONDON AWARD CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

Global Head of the UN’s HeForShe Initiative, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, journalist, Bryony Gordon, ITV editor, Richard Arnold, & radio presenter Angie Greaves honour over 100 young people with the Diana Award in London.

23 July 2018

114 inspirational children and teens, from across London and the South East, 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, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Global Head of HeForShe, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, welcomes a new generation of young people receiving the Diana Award as they continue Diana’s Legacy.

Special guests presenting The Diana Award in London include: Richard Arnold, Bryony Gordon, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Angie Greaves and Leslie Morgan OBE Representative Deputy Lieutenant for The London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Performances include the Portsmouth Gospel Choir who performed for The Queen at the Commonwealth Memorial Service at Westminster.

These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations 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 receiving The Diana Award include (full list at the end of release):

EZARA-MAI DOWNES
CULTURE WORKS EAST_NORWICH_AGE 13
At just 13, Ezara-Mai is already creating a legacy for children, young people and their families from across the world who are experiencing genetic illness, like her. Through her work with the GOSH Youth Forum she has worked with geneticists, media companies and the NHS to raise awareness about how rare illnesses like hers are created and can be treated. In addition to her campaigning efforts, Ezara-Mai has also raised over £11,000 for GOSH through story writing competitions, garden parties and dance events, setting herself a target of £100,000 by 2025. Described as a ‘power house of a young lady’ everyone is proud to be part of ‘Team Ezara’ and her mission to improve the lives of others.

SIENNA MANUEL
AUTISM PARENT EMPOWER_CRAWLEY_AGE 12
Inspired by her younger brother who was diagnosed with Autism, Sienna has used her passion for dance and creativity to make children around the globe become Autism Aware. Sienna can be spotted across Crawley shaking buckets, packing bags, handing out balloons, baking cupcakes and has raised thousands of pounds to support local families and siblings living with autism. Her autism anti-bullying video had over 57,000 views world wide and she has written a book for primary school children, teaching them about friends with autism which is being sent to every school in the country. She hopes that the story will change people’s perceptions and encourage children to be kinder to one another.

YANG HSU
ST PAUL’S SCHOOL_LONDON_AGE 17
Over the last two years Yang has volunteered his talents in music, maths and science to support his local community. As a volunteer for FiSH, a charity which combats loneliness in older people, Yang performs trombone at lunchtime concerts. Other volunteers have reported how moving it is to see when a particular passage from Yang’s music brings smiles and laughter from a normally reticent audience, saying ‘these are precious moments showing music bridge the generation gap.’ Yang’s quiet dedication to the welfare of others is inspiring to his peers, teachers and community alike.

KATIE YOXALL-DAVIES
KATIE’S HEART APPEAL_THURROCK_AGE 13
Katie is an inspiring young woman who has not let her complex heart condition stop her from raising an incredible £35,000 to fund public and training defibrillators across her local area. Katie’s tireless fundraising efforts mean that more people in the community have been trained in how to save a life following a cardiac arrest. Her hard work and determination mean that despite feeling unwell most days, she ensures that others are made aware of cardiac conditions through her own appeal, assemblies she delivers at her school and using social media.

KEVIN WALKER
BACK UP_POOLE_AGE 14
A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, Kevin devotes his spare time sharing his personal story of living with a spinal cord injury and inspiring young people who share similar experiences. Kevin has wholeheartedly thrown himself into helping alongside the charity Back Up, as he feels that he could make a positive difference to someone who may be struggling, just like he was at times. As a young mentor and wheelchair skills trainer, Kevin is committed to help other young people overcome their own challenges and develop confidence and skills. Kevin’s can-do attitude towards life has helped transform the lives of the young people he meets.

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders from London and the South East 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 can be submitted at diana-award.org.uk/award. Young people up to the age of 25 years can now be nominated.

Global Head of HeForShe Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Journalist and Mental Health Campaigner Bryony Gordon and Diana Award CEO Tessy Ojo join the new Diana Award Holders in London.

2018 DIANA AWARD ROLL OF HONOUR
LONDON/SOUTH

LUCY BUTTON
WINTERTON COMMUNITY ACADEMY_SCUNTHORPE_AGE 14
Lucy passionately believes everyone should have the right to be themselves and the confidence to stand proud. Lucy is one of the UK’s six Neon Ambassadors and through her work she has encouraged and supported young people in her community who lacked confidence or have been through difficult experiences. This inspired Lucy to create the fashion show event ‘Stand Out and Shine’, encouraging self-confidence, individuality and inclusiveness. Her calm and confident nature has made an incredible difference to the young people involved, promoting awareness and raising money. Lucy has also developed personally in this journey and recently spoke in front of 10,000 people at WE Day UK.

BENJAMIN CANE
TWICKENHAM SEA CADETS_TEDDINGTON_AGE 13
Benjamin is described as encapsulating the Sea Cadet core values, in particular ‘respect for others’ and ‘loyalty’. He has a strong moral compass that does not accept the exclusion of others and has been instrumental in recruiting new cadets who have suffered from bullying, ensuring that they feel at ease and fit in with the wider social group. At just 13 years old, he is already showing the pastoral skills worthy of a good leader and his positive influence only stands to grow.

AMY DE CASTILLO
NCS INGEUS_ST ALBANS_AGE 17
Amy’s personal battles with bullying and mental illness have inspired her to help other young people around the world. She has dedicated her time and energy to many charities and campaigns through raising money and sharing her story to inspire other young people to speak up about mental health and break the stigma. Amy now works within her community mentoring younger students in her school and creating a system to ensure victims of bullying feel safe and supported. Her passion and positivity empowers other young people to grow and allows their voices to be heard.

EZARA-MAI DOWNES
CULTURE WORKS EAST_NORWICH_AGE 13
At just 13, Ezara-Mai is already creating a legacy for children, young people and their families from across the world who are experiencing genetic illness, like her. Through her work with the GOSH Youth Forum she has worked with geneticists, media companies and the NHS to raise awareness about how rare illnesses like hers are created and can be treated. In addition to her campaigning efforts, Ezara-Mai has also raised over £11,000 for GOSH through story writing competitions, garden parties and dance events, setting herself a target of £100,000 by 2025. Described as a ‘power house of a young lady’ everyone is proud to be part of ‘Team Ezara’ and her mission to improve the lives of others.

ANGEL HEMMINGS
HENDON SCHOOL_HENDON_AGE 15
Angel has unlimited energy and passion for improving mental health awareness. She has completed over three hundred hours of volunteering and leads on communication for Hendon School’s mental health campaign ‘SOS Stamp Out Stigma’. This includes conducting research, organising a conference with over 40 speakers and 350 delegates and negotiating funding from Barnet Council for Mental Health First Aid training for all schools. Angel also acted as the recruitment lead and produced the design brief for the school’s mental health app ‘SpeakOut! Barnet!’ She is an inspirational role model to other students who has made a real difference to the community.

FREDDIE HORTON
ST JOHN AMBULANCE_GODALMING, SURREY_AGE 17
Freddie joined St John Ambulance eight years ago with an interest in a medical career. Since then he has taken every opportunity to advance his first aid knowledge, including qualifying as an advanced first aider. In addition to the hours put in weekly for his own training, Freddie has provided hundreds of hours of public service attending events where this knowledge has been put into practice through administering first aid to those who have needed it. Through community fundraising, Freddie raised enough funds for the provision of a public access defibrillator and first aid training equipment, also providing training in its use.

YANG HSU
ST PAUL’S SCHOOL_LONDON_AGE 17
Over the last two years Yang has volunteered his talents in music, maths and
science to support his local community. As a volunteer for FiSH, a charity which combats loneliness in older people, Yang performs trombone at lunchtime concerts. Other volunteers have reported how moving it is to see when a particular passage from Yang’s music brings smiles and laughter from a normally reticent audience, saying ‘these are precious moments showing music bridge the generation gap.’ Yang’s quiet dedication to the welfare of others is inspiring to his peers, teachers and community alike.

AMADOU JALLOW
HITCHIN SEA CADETS_HITCHIN_AGE 17
Amadou has overcome his own personal challenges in order to help his peers
increase their confidence and create an inclusive environment at Sea Cadets.
Amadou has committed his time to fundraise for his unit and act as a role model to others. Despite his own experiences of bullying, Amadou has worked hard as an anti-bullying representative to help other young people experiencing similar problems. Amadou has inspired his fellow cadets through his own achievements including sailing on TS Royalist, receiving a traineeship at a National Boat Station to teach younger cadets and completing his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

AMY LEE
195 STAINES PWRR DETACHMENT_ASHFORD_AGE 15
Amy is a role model for younger cadets in her detachment, whether this is through her continued fundraising for various charities, volunteering to lead and support a local Girl Guides group with furthering their skills and knowledge and by supporting her younger brother to be involved in cadets. Through her work with the Girl Guides she has brought her detachment and their organisation closer together and formed lifelong friendships. Amy is highly recognised by many of the adult instructors for being a fantastic role model to her fellow cadets and demonstrating to them that no matter what, you can overcome the challenges and fears you may face.

TEGAN LINTONBON-BAKER
ST MARK’S WEST ESSEX CATHOLIC SCHOOL_HARLOW_AGE 16
Tegan has volunteered for five years with school netball teams and local netball clubs, coaching young players. Her positive impact on a large number of girls has helped raise self-confidence and self-esteem in young players as their skills improve and they achieve success. Tegan helps her fellow pupils increase fitness levels, overcome negative attitudes and personal weaknesses. Her input is demonstrated through the success of teams during competitions, which has developed a positive self-image in the girls she coaches. The players she has helped report increased confidence as their skills have improved and they experience success in their game.

SIENNA MANUEL
AUTISM PARENT EMPOWER_CRAWLEY_AGE 12
Inspired by her younger brother who was diagnosed with Autism, Sienna has used her passion for dance and creativity to make children around the globe become Autism Aware. Sienna can be spotted across Crawley shaking buckets, packing bags, handing out balloons, baking cupcakes and has raised thousands of pounds to support local families and siblings living with autism. Her autism anti-bullying video had over 57,000 views worldwide and she has written a book for primary school children, teaching them about friends with autism which is being sent to every school in the country. She hopes that the story will change people’s perceptions and encourage children to be kinder to one another.

TYANA MURRAY-DAVIDSON
CITY GATEWAY TRUST_CITY OF LONDON_AGE 17
Tyana is fighting to create a society that doesn’t discriminate. Elected as Young Lord Mayor for the City of London in 2016, she has gone above and beyond, working to be a constant advocate and supporter of young people in the borough. Through her work with the City Gateway Trust she has delivered holiday programmes, run workshops around body image, organised community days and helped raise civic awareness and citizenship skills. Tyana is seen as a pillar of the youth community and has been credited with creating a transformational legacy; reducing discrimination, improving attitudes and building the confidence of young people.

KEIRAN O’TOOLE
ROCK CLOTHING/UNLOC LEARNING LIMITED PORTSMOUTH_AGE 18
Keiran started the social enterprise ‘Rock Clothing’ as a means of generating funds to tackle bulling in Portsmouth and bring young people to the forefront of social change, a cause he himself feels passionate about after experiencing bullying himself. Since forming in 2016, Keiran has facilitated hundreds of anti-bullying training sessions in local schools, given inspirational talks to local groups and arranged the first ever anti-bulling conference in Portsmouth for over 700 students. The impact of his work is described as phenomenal and he is widely recognised across the city as an advocate for young people, their voice and their ability to bring about change.

ELLA REILLY
UNLOC_PORTSMOUTH, HAMPSHIRE_AGE 14
Ella has overcome her shyness to find her voice and now uses it to support and inspire youth engagement within her school and beyond. At school, she has helped to build a more inclusive and supportive culture, promoting issues surrounding mental health and LGBT staff awareness to be prioritised on the agenda. At city level, her participation in the Council of Portsmouth Student Forum, the ‘Futures in Mind’ Portsmouth Group and the NHS Young Shapers Forum, has ensured that mental health service usability and access by young people is given importance, and that youth have a real say in how their city develops.

KRISH SANGHAVI
ST JOHN AMBULANCE_GUILDFORD, SURREY_AGE 17
An aspiring doctor, Krish joined St John Ambulance in 2014 and has since been an exceptional ambassador of their work to save lives through high quality first aid training. Krish has used his advanced first aid skills to support and train younger cadets and has set up a first aid club at his school, where he was also instrumental in raising funds for new equipment and a defibrillator for St John Ambulance. Krish is adept at balancing a demanding study schedule with his cadet work and leading his school’s first aid club.

KEVIN WALKER
BACK UP_POOLE_AGE 14
A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, Kevin devotes his spare time sharing his personal story of living with a spinal cord injury and inspiring young people who share similar experiences. Kevin has wholeheartedly thrown himself into helping alongside the charity Back Up, as he feels that he could make a positive difference to someone who may be struggling, just like he was at times. As a young mentor and wheelchair skills trainer, Kevin is committed to help other young people overcome their own challenges and develop confidence and skills. Kevin’s can-do attitude towards life has helped transform the lives of the young people he meets.

KATIE YOXALL-DAVIES
KATIE’S HEART APPEAL_THURROCK_AGE 13
Katie is an inspiring young woman who has not let her complex heart condition stop her from raising an incredible £35,000 to fund public and training defibrillators across her local area. Katie’s tireless fundraising efforts mean that more people in the community have been trained in how to save a life following a cardiac arrest. Her hard work and determination mean that despite feeling unwell most days, she ensures that others are made aware of cardiac conditions through her own appeal, assemblies she delivers at her school and using social media.

FRIENDLY FACES
AYLSHAM HIGH SCHOOL_AYLSHAM_AGE 15-16
The Friendly Faces are passionate about providing peer support in their school – their aim is to make sure that all students have someone they can talk to if they need advice. They also promote anti-bullying and positive messages through a variety of events such as a Friendly Faces roadshow, visiting Year 6s to help with their transition to secondary school, a Year 7 Anti-Bullying Day and discos throughout the year to name a few. They show incredible empathy and resilience in order to provide support to students and staff and are role models within their school, especially for the youngest pupils.

PEER MEDIATION TEAM
CRAWFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL_CAMBERWELL_AGE 9-10
The Mediation Team at Crawford Primary School not only volunteer their own time to support children at lunchtime, but also support the adults in the school to raise awareness of bullying. The Peer Mediators have planned friendship games, a cultural day where children dressed in traditional clothes and took part in a fashion show to celebrate different cultures, an assembly that showed the impact of bullying from a child’s point of view and much more. They have helped over 100 children with conflicts in the playground and children across the school look up to them for their leadership, teamwork, and empathy.

PEER MEDIATION TEAM
ELM WOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL_WEST NORWOOD_AGE 10-11
The Peer Mediation Team at Elm Wood Primary School are hardworking and dedicated to resolving conflict in the playground, empowering their peers to feel safe in the ‘real world’ as well as online. The group have planned events to raise awareness of bullying and promote friendship. Some of the initiatives they led included a whole school assembly and an interactive discussion identifying and dealing with bullying. They also led a forum which discussed cyber-bullying and how to combat it, and introduced peer mediation ‘pop-ins’ where mediators facilitated various anti-bullying and friendship development activities. The group are keen, passionate and pro-active about creating a safe and happy learning environment in their school.

PEER MEDIATION TEAM
FENSTANTON PRIMARY SCHOOL_ABBOTS PARK_AGE 11
The Peer Mediation Team at Fenstanton School are innovative, hardworking and dedicated to their role in the school community. They are exemplary role models who actively support staff to raise awareness of bullying and have supported many children through their disputes and instances of exclusion. They have planned assemblies, designed posters, held cake sales and are currently developing a newsletter. Since the Peer Mediators have been introduced to the school, there has been a marked improvement in the children’s ability to solve problems amongst themselves, conflict resolution and a reduction in behaviour related incidences.

PEER MEDIATION TEAM
GLENBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL_STREATHAM_AGE 10
The Peer Mediation Team at Glenbrook Primary designed a new process for mediation in the playground that is tailor made for children. They created a mediation board game to help their peers get over their arguments in a fun and interactive way, reducing playground conflicts. This youth led board game revitalised peer mediation and has been especially supportive of visual learners, younger children and those that may feel lonely or struggle at play-time. The group have also been empowered to lead events to raise awareness of bullying through termly training and development, and have worked with staff to ensure children feel even safer at school.

PEER MEDIATORS
KINGSWOOD UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL WEST NORWOOD_AGE 11
The Peer Mediation Team at Kingswood is a youth led service that provides pupils with the opportunity to discuss problems with peers that they may not want to share with adults. The team are active and innovative; not only did they organise a whole week of activities during Anti-Bullying Week but have also taken responsibility for team meetings and ensure that peers are on shift each day. They also learnt to lead the recruitment and interview process for new child mediators. Staff and children both agree that the peer mediation service has been successful at helping children feel safer in the playground has developed links between the lower and upper schools.

PEER MENTORS
WINTERTON COMMUNITY ACADEMY _WINTERTON_AGE 15-17
Winterton Community Academy Peer Mentors have created the ‘Chill’ Programme (Community Help in Life/Learning) working together to improve the self-esteem and motivation of others on different projects within the community. They run a reading programme at their school, helping younger students to improve their literacy skills. The team provide a safe space for students suffering with bullying problems and help Year 7 students transition smoothly into secondary school. In addition, their Generations Online programme enables the older generation to learn how to safely use the internet and become more involved in the digital age.

THE ROTARY INTERACT CLUB OF ST ALBANS
THE ROTARY INTERACT CLUB OF ST ALBANS_HERTFORDSHIRE_AGE 15-17
The Rotary Interact Club dedicate their time and energy to raising money and awareness for local, national and international charities which have included supporting the End Polio Now campaign and sponsoring a young Kenyan boy with his education. They are enthusiastic and knowledgeable ambassadors inspiring other young people at their school to engage in charitable initiatives and in the last year they raised an incredible £3,000. They are a group of self-driven young individuals who through their own motivation, make all the necessary arrangements for their activities and show enormous amounts of creativity and energy to help those less fortunate than themselves.

SUNNYHILL PEER MEDIATORS
SUNNYHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL_LONDON_AGE 9-11
Sunnyhill Peer Mediators are dedicated to improving the lives of their peers and creating a calm and friendly school environment. During their free time the group have set up a pupil led conflict resolution service; over the past five years they have supported over 700 students, seeing a reduction in children being referred for adult intervention. They plan and lead Anti-Bullying Week, with positive and energising assemblies including piano playing and singing; a ‘kindness tree’, raising money for Childline and a Parent and Pupil Guide. The group have also set up an advice box, lead weekly peer-led meetings discussing new ideas, practising behaviour management techniques, public speaking, planning and minutes.

SURREY HEATH YOUTH COUNCIL
THE EIKON CHARITY_ADDLESTONE, SURREY_AGE 12-18
The Surrey Heath Youth Council are a dedicated group of outstanding young people ranging from 11 to 18 years old. They actively campaign to reduce mental health stigmas in schools and enable students to discuss and explore mental health in a safe environment. The Surrey Heath Youth Council have organised and created an anti-stigma conference which has increased awareness of the importance of all young people’s emotional and mental health in their local community and has inspired and helped multiple young people. The Surrey Heath Youth Council strive to be the voice of young people in Surrey Heath and improve the area for everyone.

WELL BEING AMBASSADORS ‘A BOX OF SUNSHINE’
FARNHAM HEATH END SCHOOL_FARNHAM _AGE 14-15
The Farnham Heath End Well-Being Ambassadors have worked tirelessly alongside their own school commitments to secure funding to make and provide ‘boxes of sunshine’ to support students who are experiencing stress or worry. They are also producing an accompanying short film for students at the school about stress and its impact. They have successfully promoted the topic of wellbeing through assemblies and are encouraging a culture of wellbeing by planning tutor time activities. The group promote being active through a teacher and student sports tournament during a ‘feel good week’ and they have linked with a local primary school to support their school garden.

WOODSIDE HIGH
WOODSIDE HIGH SCHOOL_LONDON_AGE 15-16
The Woodside High School group have proactively led the peer mentoring provision at their school, volunteering their time to support students to transition into mainstream school, as well as offering advice to those being bullied. They have spoken out about issues such as mental health, racism, Islamophobia and the need to challenge prejudice in all forms. They have also been spokespeople in the local community, challenging issues such as gang involvement and knife crime, which are prevalent issues in their local area. This group have led key events across the community to raise awareness and ensure that all young people are supported to make the right choices.

NOMINATE FOR THE 2019 DIANA AWARD

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