On 1 July 2017:  To celebrate Princess Diana’s Birthday this 20th Anniversary year, The Diana Award releases their Roll of Honour for 2017.  The names of over 750 outstanding young people, from across the UK and the world, are announced today.  These exceptional young people embody Princess Diana’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

The Diana Award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in the lives of young people through practical social action.   Today The Diana Award has the support of both her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

All the award winners – who come from every region in the UK and USA, Canada, UAE, India, Belize, Australia, Greece, Indonesia, Croatia, Liberia, Jersey, New Zealand, Indonesia and Liberia –  have had a monumental impact on society and lives of those in their communities.  Many of them only know Princess Diana as a historical figure but they carry the honour of the Diana Award with pride and admiration for whose memory it was set up in.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award says: “We are delighted to announce our Roll of Honour on Princess Diana’s Birthday as we shine a spotlight on her legacy twenty years on. Today we celebrate young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, sometimes in the face of adversityDuring this 20th Anniversary year The Diana Award is actively seeking supporters to help us continue this youth legacy, in memory of Princess Diana, and expand our work that fosters change through positive action with young people.

Lord Spencer is honouring his sister’s legacy by hosting a special exhibition, ‘Walking in her Shoes’ for The Diana Award at Althorp House this summer.  The exhibition showcases the work of 20 Legacy Award winners.

Nominations for 2018 are now open – www.diana-award.co.uk

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

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Media spokespeople:

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award.  Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for fostering positive change in the lives of young people and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

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.

The Diana Award invests in developing young people through four key programmes:

  1. Our flagship Award – the Diana Award, continues to shine a spotlight on outstanding young people through a retrospective nomination process.
  2. Our peer-led Anti-Bullying Campaign, enables young people to change the attitudes, behaviours and culture of bullying both offline and online through a multifaceted approach.
  3. Our structured Mentoring Programme builds resilience and character for the most vulnerable young people in our society, helping them gain key competencies needed to navigate life successfully.
  4. Our Inspire Series Programme, supports and enables young people to take positive action in their communities, helping them build leadership skills.

Over the next five years, we want to go further. Our aspiration is that the 11,000 hours that young people spend in full time education, are safe and bully-free hours, that young people have the tools, skills and competencies to effectively cope with, bounce back from and challenge bullying behaviour in their schools. Our hope is that vulnerable young people in our society have the opportunity to succeed in life through an effective and structured mentoring experience that ensures social mobility. Finally, through a varied curriculum of experiences and opportunities, young people acquire the skills needed to succeed in life and in work.

Our mission is to inspire and recognise social action in young people.

© 2016 The Diana Award. The Diana Award is a registered charity (1117288 / SC0141915) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 5739137.


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