SHAZIA MIRZA PRESENTS OUTSTANDING YOUNG HEROES FROM THE MIDLANDS WITH AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

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

11 July 2018

Today 61 inspirational children and teens, from across the Midlands, 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.

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.

The Diana Award Midlands, at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

Stories of those receiving The Diana Award include:

Benjamin Bennet
Community Innovations Enterprise _Age 14_ West Yorkshire_West Midlands
Ben has overcome multiple challenges including experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Despite this, he has gone on to inspire other young Gypsy and Traveller people, motivating them to speak out and share their stories. Ben has reached out to community members, politicians and the media, highlighting the devastating impacts of bullying, racism and challenging stereotypes. He continually contributes to a wide range of campaigns and awareness raising events to promote greater inclusion and acceptance of Gypsy Romany and Traveller Youth and their lifestyles.

Cameron & Kiya Price
The Telford Park School_Age 12-14_Telford_West Midlands
Cameron watched his sister Kiya grow up with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, witnessing her intense physio and surgery’s. Cameron would see other children on the ward where Kiya was treated and realised there is always someone worse off than you. He decided to raise money for young children less fortunate than himself and Kiya wanted to help him, so they started fundraising together 5 years ago. They put on a variety show every year not only raising money but also awareness of their chosen charity, which changes each year. Cameron and Kiya have successfully raised close to £10,000 which has funded hospital equipment and toys for young people.

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders from the Midlands 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

MEET 2018’S DIANA AWARD HOLDERS

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