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MUSHARAF ASGHAR & EDEN TAYLOR-DRAPER PRESENT OUTSTANDING YOUNG HEROES FROM THE NORTH OF ENGLAND WITH AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

Over 60 young people from across the North of England will be publicly honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

28 September 2018

Today 66 inspirational children and teens, from across Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the North West 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.

The Diana Award Ceremony.

These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire anew generation to service their communities through campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, 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.

Stories of those receiving The Diana Award include (full list at end of release):

DANIEL IANCU FROM LEEDS_AGE 13
Daniel is determined to change attitudes and be a positive cultural role model, after experiencing first-hand the negative attitudes and abuse directed towards the Roma, Gypsy and Travelling Community. In his role on the student council, Daniel ensures that all student voices are heard. He has played a particularly important part in ensuring that students with limited English have thrived and adjusted to life in a British school. Daniel also volunteers at a local youth club, delivering language lessons, cooking traditional food, playing Romaninan games and showcasing Roma culture. When asked what a society should be, Daniel said a ‘place where people are free to be who they are’.

LEIGH-TAYLOR ARUNDALE FROM PUDSEY_AGE 9
Inspired by her late Grandma whose favourite flower was the poppy, and who told her that that it represented all the fallen heroes and servicemen,Leigh-Taylor has been raising funds for the Royal British Legion since the age of just five. She has produced her own poppies, baked cakes and rallied the whole school community to get involved. Most recently she has started producing poppy keyrings that show the name, rank and service of those people wish to remember, and are now available to buy across the UK.

SARAH MAHAMOOD FROM ROCHDALE_AGE 16
Sarah works tirelessly to change the lives of young people in Rochdale Borough by continuing to campaign around issues affecting young people. She has successfully fundraised for important causes to her such as Springhill Hospice for end-of-life-care inspiring Neeli Mosque to do the same. She has attended the House of Commons debate where she fought for Mental Health Awareness and Support, reform of GCSE re-sits and transport issues. Sarah is particularly passionate about mental health and has secured funding for two additional Mental Health Support Workers in Rochdale. She also volunteers at Neeli Evening School for 5-14 year olds.

HARRY STEEL FROM NEWCASTLE_AGE 11
Following the deaths of his father and uncle in the space of 10 months, Harry selflessly dedicates his time to raise money to help and support those in need. Through a series of ambitious fundraisers, including climbing the O2 Arena and abseiling Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge, Harry has raised in excess of £9,000 for Maggie’s charity and Cardiac Risk in the Young. He has been the focus of school assemblies and local newspapers, which have inspired many children his age to reflect upon their own life. In an area of social and economic deprivation Harry is considered to be a ‘beacon of hope’ in his community, showing just what can be achieved through determination and a positive mind-set.

ROTHERHAM LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN’S COUNCIL AGE 11-18
Rotherham LAC Council are a committed and enthusiastic group of young people who work selflessly to transform services and improve the lives of Looked After Children. The LAC Council has engaged in numerous consultations and co-production work over the past years to improve the quality of life for LAC in the NHS, Mental Health Services, Early Help and Social Care. Their campaign ‘Bin Liners are NOT suitcases’ successfully secured a commitment from local government to provide all 600+ looked after children with at least one new suitcase and one small holdall so that bin bags will no longer be used. Not only has this raised awareness about the experiences of LAC within the wider community but, crucially, it has improved the lives of those who move from one foster home to another.

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders from the North of England and Yorkshire and Humber 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 at diana-award.org.uk/award

ROLL OF HONOUR

INDIVIDUALS _

LEIGH-TAYLOR ARUNDALE
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL (BRIDLINGTON)/ FULLNECK SCHOOL_PUDSEY_AGE 9
Inspired by her late Grandma whose favourite flower was the poppy, and who told her that that it represented all the fallen heroes and servicemen, Leigh-Taylor has been raising funds for the Royal British Legion since the age of just five. She has produced her own poppies, baked cakes and rallied the whole school community to get involved. Most recently she has started producing poppy keyrings that show the name, rank and service of those people wish to remember, and which are now available to buy across the UK.

SIENA CASTELLON
MANDER PORTMAN WOODWARD_LONDON_AGE 15
Siena is a passionate advocate and activist for improving the lives of young people with autism and learning disabilities, having been bullied throughout her childhood. At the age of 13, Siena created a website and Twitter page to mentor and support young people with autism and learning disabilities. She conducts autism research for UCL’s Centre for Autism Research and Education, advises UCL’s Student Disability Services on improving their service and is a student representative of 2eMPower. Siena also works as a peer outreach worker for the Mayor of London to raise awareness of autism and has sat on four youth panels for the Children’s Rights Inquiry during Parliament Week 2017.

GEORGIE CAVANAGH
BULLIESOUT_CHEADLE_AGE 12
Aged just 10, Georgie joined the BulliesOut Youth Ambassador programme full of ideas and enthusiasm. Having experienced bullying herself Georgie wanted to make a difference in her community and make the world a better place. In just two years, she has achieved two accredited awards and is working towards her third. Beyond this, Georgie has taken part in and organised events to raise awareness of the charity and bullying, as well as to raise funds to further support the charity. Georgie has completed an iFly and ran in Manchester the day after the dreadful terrorist act in the city. Georgie’s creative and enthusiastic personality shines through in all that she does.

ELLIOTT GOULDING
DONCASTER SEA CADETS_ROTHERHAM_AGE 16
Elliott has been a member of Sea Cadets for over three years, consistently going above and beyond what is expected of him. Elliott is both a role model and dedicated teacher to his fellow cadets, eager to pass on his knowledge. His passion in the unit is navigation, providing his cadets with the skills and tools needed to flourish. He prepares his lessons at home in his own time in between his college studies, inspiring others with his enthusiasm. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia and severe Irlens Syndrome, Elliott never lets anything get him down and one day hopes to join the Merchant Navy.

BENJAMIN HUGHES
AMY AND FRIENDS_ERYRYS_AGE 16
Inspired by his sister, Benjamin has raised over £10,000 for ‘Amy and Friends’ an organisation which supports those living with Cockayne Syndrome. He has climbed up Snowdon, completed multiple 15 mile walks and his latest challenge saw him cycle 500 miles from London to Glasgow. Benjamin volunteers at weekly sibling clubs and leads on the planning and delivery of sport sessions to his peers. His dedication is the ultimate legacy to his sister, for whom he is a young carer, and the many children he loves and has lost to Cockayne Syndrome and related disorders, and their siblings.

DANIEL IANCU
LEEDS CITY ACADEMY_LEEDS_AGE 13
Daniel is determined to change attitudes and be a positive cultural role model, after experiencing first-hand the negative attitudes and abuse directed towards the Roma, Gypsy and Trvaelling Community. In his role on the student council, Daniel ensures that all student voices are heard. He has played a particularly important part in ensuring that students with limited English have thrived and adjusted to life in a British school. Daniel also volunteers at a local youth club, delivering language lessons, cooking traditional food, playing Romaninan games and showcasing Roma culture. When asked what a society should be, Daniel said a ‘place where people are free to be who they are’.

JENNIFER IGBAFEN
NEW HOPE NORTH EAST_HEBBURN_AGE 14
Jennifer is a Lead Youth Fundraiser for New Hope North East, working to help disabled children and bring families together. As a young carer for her brother, who has Autism, Jennifer was inspired to make difference to the lives of other children. Jennifer has shown refined leadership skills through the planning and designing of her own fundraising activities for events, such as cake and craft sales. Jennifer also leads a young carers subgroup, ‘Caring with Confidence’. Jennifer plans to dedicate time to promoting their work on social media and to continue talking about her role and her passion in her community. Her dream is to see all children around the world happy, loved, cared for and achieving their dreams.

SARAH MAHAMOOD
ROCHDALE BOROUGH YOUTH SERVICE/NEELI MOSQUE ROCHDALE_AGE 16
Sarah works tirelessly to change the lives of young people in Rochdale Borough by continuing to campaign around issues affecting young people. She has successfully fundraised for important causes to her such as Springhill Hospice for end-of-life-care inspiring Neeli Mosque to do the same. She has attended the House of Commons debate where she fought for Mental Health Awareness and Support, reform of GCSE re-sits and transport issues. Sarah is particularly passionate about mental health and has secured funding for two additional Mental Health Support Workers in Rochdale. She also volunteers at Neeli Evening School for 5-14 year olds.

HEATHER MCLACHLAN
MUSIC AT THE HEART OF TEESDALE (M@HOT) BARNARD CASTLE_AGE 16
Inspired her passion for music, Heather joined ‘Cream Tees’, a folk music group made up of young people from the local area. As a bereaved military child, being part of the group has helped her develop her own sense of belonging, something which she is passionate about instilling in other members. Since joining she has emerged as an outstanding role model and leader, mentoring younger members and fundraising thousands of pounds to give the group invaluable opportunities. She is commended with uniting people who may otherwise be socially or geographically isolated, arranging for the group to play at local care homes and organising local community events, including ‘Teesdale’s Got Talent’ and the revival of Maypole dancing in Ovington.

JAKE MENDELSOHN
WOODHAM ACADEMY_NEWTON AYCLIFFE_AGE 15
After learning of a family friend’s tragic diagnosis of a terminal brain tumour, Jake set about fundraising for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, taking part in the Great North Swim, a half mile swim in Lake Windermere. Jake raised funds through family, friends, school and his sports clubs and following the event overcame his shyness when pursuing various interviews for radio and newspapers. He continues to inspire those around him as an all-round role model to his peers in a sporting capacity, through his fundraising activities and by motivating others to achieve their potential.

HARRY STEEL
DENBIGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL_NEWCASTLE_AGE 11
Following the deaths of his father and uncle in the space of 10 months, Harry selflessly dedicates his time to raise money to help and support those in need. Through a series of ambitious fundraisers, including climbing the O2 Arena and abseiling Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge, Harry has raised in excess of £9,000 for Maggie’s charity and Cardiac Risk in the Young. He has been the focus of school assemblies and local newspapers, which have inspired many children his age to reflect upon their own life. In an area of social and economic deprivation Harry is considered to be a ‘beacon of hope’ in his community, showing just what can be achieved through determination and a positive mind-set.

JACOB STELLING
SHELLEY COLLEGE_HUDDERSFIELD_AGE 14
Jacob is passionate about local democracy, dedicating the last 18 months to engaging his peers in democracy through a comprehensive training and development programme. As a lead member of Kirklees Youth Council, Jacob has reached in excess of 100 students and volunteered a huge amount of his own time to make sure the programme meets the needs of young people from a range of social and economic backgrounds. He has engaged with stakeholders from a variety of social settings and put in motion a training package which has been recognised by MP Chris Skidmore. Jacob’s enthusiasm means that more young people in the Kirklees area are engaging in political issues.

JESSICA TAPPENDEN-ROWELL
YORKSHIRE (N&W) ARMY CADET FORCE_SCARBOROUGH_AGE 16
Jessica is a carer and volunteer committed to putting the needs of others before her own. She has emerged as an inspirational leader in her Army Cadet Force, supporting younger cadets to develop their confidence and resilience. The enthusiasm she shows in towards promoting the Detachment has been the driving force behind Scarborough being awarded Champion Detachment in Yorkshire. Jessica has also raised a large amount of money for the Royal British Legion, organising a range of activities from game nights to poppy sales. Alongside her voluntary work, Jessica also provides care for her mother who is registered blind alongside volunteering with a local charity for the blind.

JADE TAYLOR
THE HAYFIELD SCHOOL_DONCASTER_AGE 18
Jade has demonstrated compassion and dedication to supporting causes she feels strongly about and promotes education as the means to achieve one’s goals in life. She has not allowed previous experiences of bullying to colour her attitude towards others and has selflessly given her time to help the youngest and most vulnerable students settle into secondary school. Jade volunteers at various school events and was selected to be Head Girl. She is also a member of the Doncaster Youth Council and was subsequently elected to become part of the National Youth Council. Her maturity and vision for the school makes Jade an exemplary role model.

GROUPS_

ANTI-BULLYING AMBASSADORS
STAINDROP ACADEMY _DARLINGTON _AGE 12-13
Described as advocates of generosity, compassion and empathy, the AntiBullying Mentors ensure that Staindrop is a safe and happy environment where all young people can prosper and learn. Dedicating an average of 150 hours each, they deliver after school workshops, support those transitioning from primary schools and run the Inclusion Learning Centre for victims of bullying. In addition to their work supporting their peers and championing an anti-bullying culture, they are also avid fundraisers, raising money to assist victims of bullying. Their efforts have not only earned them respect within the school community but are also recognised by Ofsted who credit the work of the mentors in creating a safe environment.

MCAULEY BUDDIES
MCAULEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL_DONCASTER_AGE 13-17
McAuley Buddies are peer mentoring and anti-bullying volunteers at McAuley Catholic High School. They generously give up their time to support their peers within school. Buddies act as friends who listen and understand different points of view, often overcoming their own personal difficulties to help others. They motivate students to achieve their best and overcome problems. Their support enables young people to cultivate selfesteem and confidence by encouraging them to think positively and make their own decisions. McAuley Buddies’ dedication and generosity make them excellent ambassadors for the school and they are an inspiration to all in their community.

ROSSENDALE YOUTH COUNCIL
ROSSENDALE YOUTH COUNCIL_ROSSENDALE _AGE 13-17
Rossendale Youth Council have taken part in research work involving five European countries looking at the impact controlling relationships have on young people. This led to an app being developed and shared for young people to use to help them understand controlling relationships and where to find help. This work was presented to a World Youth Conference in Geneva and European conference in Brussels. In addition, they have committed their free time to represent youth voice on topics such as: advocating to MPs on behalf of disabled people, working with NCS tackling domestic violence and promoting anti-bullying work in schools.

ROTHERHAM LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN’S COUNCIL
ROTHERHAM LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN’S COUNCIL ROTHERHAM_AGE 11-18
Rotherham LAC Council are a committed and enthusiastic group of young people who work selflessly to transform services and improve the lives of Looked After Children. The LAC Council has engaged in numerous consultations and co-production work over the past years to improve the quality of life for LAC in the NHS, Mental Health Services, Early Help and Social Care. Their campaign ‘Bin Liners are NOT suitcases’ successfully secured a commitment from local government to provide all 600+ looked after children with at least one new suitcase and one small holdall so that bin bags will no longer be used. Not only has this raised awareness about the experiences of LAC within the wider community but, crucially, it has improved the lives of those who move from one foster home to another.

THE BAMBISANANI PARTNERSHIP
THE BAMBISANANI PARTNERSHIP_MENSTON_AGE 17-18
14 students from St Mary’s embarked on life-changing journey to South Africa to promote education and leadership to pupils of the Ntolwane Primary School. Having researched and funded the project themselves, the students delivered a series of confidence workshops, sports festivals, and leadership and reading classes to a community that is ravaged by high levels of unemployment and HIV/Aids. Through their amazing work, the students have developed a genuine kind heartedness and emotional intelligence that they will continue to use as they start their lives as young adults.

WHO CARES (THE LOWRY AND SALFORD YOUNG CARERS SERVICE)
THE LOWRY_SALFORD_AGE 15-17
The Lowry group consist of two brave young carers from Salford. Over a two year period they collaborated with theatre professionals to create a verbatim play called ‘Who Cares’, about their lives and the experience of young carers. This toured to 26 youth settings to raise the awareness of other young people and professionals, while challenging stereotypes. At each performance at least one young carer was identified and signposted to support. ‘Who Cares’ was presented to MP’s and decision makers at The House of Lords, giving young carers a voice to fuel a drive for change in policy. It has since been announced that a national political campaign will launch this year.

YOUTH VOICE NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE
NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL GRIMSBY_AGE 15-18
This group of seven influential and passionate young people have been integral in the development and recognition of youth led mental health initiatives in the North East Lincolnshire area. Following a consultation with over 500 young people in their area, the 15-18 year olds created five short films with themes of challenging stereotypes, stigma, bullying and promoting self-help. They negotiated with the local council for young people to be trained as Mental Health First Aiders giving support to their peers and the wider community. They were involved with naming the new CAMHS service for the area and have facilitated a youth voice event bringing Year 12 students together with local decision makers.

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