News Release: 26, April 2017

The Diana Award announces that the Earl Spencer will be honouring his late sister’s legacy by hosting a fundraising gala, in partnership with the Global Gift Initiative, for the charity at the Spencers’ family home – Althorp, in Northamptonshire, England, on Wednesday 14th June 2017.  


The Diana Award is the charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to fostering and developing change through practical action with young people.

The Global Gift Initiative is a unique international programme from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo. It is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide, and to helping to raise funds for, and make a difference to, children and women across the globe.

 Over the past 18 years Earl Spencer has welcomed thousands of young people who hold The Diana Award as his guests at Althorp. He was on the committee that established the charity in his sister’s memory, and has spoken of how The Diana Award fits so perfectly with his late sister’s core values of kindness, compassion and service.

Earl Spencer says:

“I have always championed The Diana Award, from the moment it was raised as a possibility in the grim days after my sister’s death. It so clearly chimed with her love for children and young people, and reflected her bravery in fighting for good causes – a gift that she possessed from a very early age.”



 This summer, Althorp will also be hosting a new exhibition entitled ‘Walking in her Shoes’. It will showcase 20 inspirational young people who hold The Diana Award, demonstrating the monumental impact they have had on society and the lives of others. Althorp will also host a separate exhibition of 15 iconic images taken in 1997 by Mario Testino of the late princess.   These photographs, that Testino shot for Vanity Fair, tragically turned out to be the last official portraits taken of her.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award, says:

“It is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to hold this fundraising gala and special exhibition at Princess Diana’s family home during this 20th anniversary year. We are so grateful to Earl Spencer, who is a long-standing supporter of our work. Funds raised at this event will help us continue the work of supporting thousands of young people make the changes they need to help improve their life chances, through our Anti-bullying and Mentoring Programmes.”  

 Maria Bravo, Founder of the Global Gift Foundation, says:

“I am delighted to be joining forces once again with The Diana Award for this very special evening of hope and inspiration. Like Princess Diana, the work of The Diana Award transforms the lives of so many young people. On this 20th anniversary of her passing we are looking forward to creating a unique evening to commemorate such a special person and wonderful charity.”

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 For further information on The Diana Award please contact Emma Pelling on: 07958 558172, emma@pellingpr.co.uk www.diana-award.org.uk

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About The Diana Award

The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special: young people do not work towards our award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without expectation of reward. We believe this makes The Diana Award unique and the reason why young people form a deep connection to the award.

For further information on The Global Gift Gala please contact Sadie Beilby on: 02037 456968, Sadie.beilby@eastofeden.london, www.globalgiftgala.com

Social media: Twitter: @GlobalGiftGala / Facebook.com/GlobalGiftGala / Instagram: globalgiftfoundation #GlobalGifter

About The Global Gift Gala and Global Gift Foundations:

Global Gift Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families who are in need. Created in 2013 by Maria Bravo, the foundation has supported projects of more than 30 different organizations worldwide. The foundation has also recently launched its own project- Casa Global Gift. Casa Global Gift, or in English, Global Gift Home is a multifunctional centre in the heart of Marbella that will be converted into a place where children with rare and chronic diseases will be treated. The centre will improve work and family reconciliation, since children will have the possibility of a global care intervention system. It will centralize main therapies in one place, thereby avoiding unnecessary expenditures of time and money involved in moving from one place to another, without forgetting the fatigue and overload experienced by children and their families. Numerous families have referred to the lack of services that exists in this area, being forced to take their children further afield with high economic costs that in most cases, families cannot afford, even more so considering that only count with a household income because one parent must take care of the disabled child care. Global Gift proposes to improve the quality of life of children with multiple disabilities and their families, through the implementation of specific activities and programs for the incorporation of knowledge and educational learning that tend to equalize opportunities for personal development and their interaction with the environment through interdisciplinary action, providing the child with special needs a full service of both pedagogical and comprehensive therapies.


To affect positive change on the development, welfare, healthcare and social inclusion of the most vulnerable. The Foundation helps to provide shelter, food, clothing, education, medical attention and other life-changing necessities to vulnerable groups, in particular children and women in need.



 Althorp has been the historic family home of the Spencer family since it was built in 1508. It lies at the centre of a 13,000-acre landed estate, and is 75 miles north of London. It is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales.


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