February 15, 2021


Nominations are now open for young people aged 9-25yrs. Deadline for nominations: 12 March 2021

Nominations are now open for young people aged 9-25yrs.

Deadline for nominations: 12 March 2021

“COVID-19 has upended lives around the world. But with great challenges, come opportunities to make great change. We need your help to find the next generation of young heroes changing the world around them.”

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive of The Diana Award

The Diana Award is the highest accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian efforts. The youth charity, of the same name, benefits from the support of The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, is urging communities across the globe to nominate a young person who deserves to be recognised.

Research from The Diana Award demonstrates that, despite the pandemic, the vast majority of young people want to make a positive impact on society. Nominating them for The Diana Award is the most prestigious platform to celebrate their achievements.

This year is especially significant as July marks what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th Birthday. The Diana Award is the only charity in memory of the late Princess and her belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Recipients of the award have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise their own generation to service their communities through campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, fighting injustice or overcoming extreme life challenges.

When Jonathan learnt to communicate with his eyes at age nine, it gave him a voice he didn’t have before. Jonathan communicates via a spelling board and campaigns tirelessly to change the way students with complex disabilities are educated, founding a charity Teach Us Too, and writing his own book ‘Eye Can Write’. This inspirational work saw him receive The Diana Award, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, from the charity of the same name.

“Princess Diana was the epitome of a changemaker and to be recognised in her name, to continue her legacy, is a great honour and an immense responsibility. There’s no better way to recognise and celebrate a young person’s selfless commitment to change than to nominate and present them with a Diana Award.”

Ben West, 20, London

“Receiving The Diana Award was an incredible honour. It was validation that the hard work was making a meaningful difference in the lives of people around the world. The visibility and the support from The Diana Award has played a major role in helping us scale our impact to the next level.”

Madhav Datt, 24, Haryana, India

Successful nominations will be honoured at a virtual award ceremony in the summer and will pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the days leading up to what would have been her 60th birthday.

Last year, The Duke of Sussex, Dame Emma Thompson DBE, Liam Payne, Will Poulter, Dan Smith from Bastille and more surprised 2020 recipients in the first Diana Award virtual ceremony.

All 2021 Award recipients will also be considered for the biennual Legacy Award later this year, which was set up in the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death to celebrate the achievements of twenty exceptional young changemakers from across the world.

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