YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA GET RINGSIDE VIEW OF ROYAL WEDDING
Seven young people from across our Award, Anti-Bullying and Mentoring Programmes were guests at the Royal Wedding celebration on 19th May.
23 May 2018
Seven exceptional young people were the first to see Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerge from the chapel on Saturday 19th May. Their work with The Diana Award meant that they were offered a ringside seat to the royal wedding.
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving St George’s Chapel.
It was a once in a lifetime experience for the young people who ranged from Mentees who have been transformed through The Diana Award Mentoring Programme, teen campaigners against knife crime, FGM and domestic violence campaigners from London, an Anti-Bullying Ambassador who has spoken out about his experience of homophobic bullying and a fourteen year old girl from Canada who has handmade thousands of blankets for people receiving cancer treatments and veterans living with PTSD.
The young people formed part of a group of 200 invitees who were nominated on the strength of their contribution to charities with a close connection to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They were also be joined by Diana Horsford, Vice President of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) in the USA – a partner organisation of The Diana Award.
Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award says:
“These young people were absolutely thrilled to be invited to the wedding celebrations of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Duke of Sussex is a firm supporter of our work – particularly our mentoring programme which plays a key role in the social mobility of hard to reach young people. We have worked closely with both The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex and believe The Duchess of Sussex will be a welcome role model for young people.”
The Duke of Sussex visited a Diana Award Mentoring training event and in 2017 he attended The Inaugural Legacy Award Ceremony at St. James’ Palace where he presented 20 Legacy Awards to young people from around the world alongside The Duke of Cambridge. One of the Legacy Award winners, Faith Dickinson from Canada, was chosen as the young people to attend the wedding celebrations.
Our seven young people at the Royal Wedding with their picnic hamper courtesy of Waitrose and Diana tartan blankets kindly donated by Lochcarron of Scotland.