ABOUT THE AWARD_
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
The Roll of Honour showcases this year’s Diana Award Holders, recognised for their outstanding work continuing Diana’s Legacy.
EAST MIDLANDS_AGE 14
COMMUNITY INNOVATIONS ENTERPRISE
Ben is a remarkable young man who has overcome multiple challenges including experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Despite this, he has gone on to inspire fellow young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities,
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 is an articulate public speaker, often featuring on national TV, and continually contributes to a wide range of campaigns and awareness raising events to promote greater inclusion and acceptance of Gypsy Roma and Traveller Youth and their lifestyles.
AUTISM PARENT EMPOWER
Inspired by her younger brother who was diagnosed with Autism, Sienna has used her passion for dance and creativity to make children around the globe become Autism Aware. Sienna can be spotted across Crawley shaking buckets, packing bags, handing out balloons, baking cupcakes and has raised thousands of pounds to support local families and siblings living with autism.
Her autism anti-bullying video had over 57,000 views world wide and she has written a book for primary school children, teaching them about friends with autism which is being sent to every school in the country. She hopes that the story will change people’s perceptions and encourage children to be kinder to one another.
ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY_AGE 13
MR. CORY’S COOKIES
Corey has always dreamed of making a positive impact, despite his humble beginnings. This passion, combined with a love of treats and entrepreneurial spirit, led him to become the owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, a successful business selling natural gourmet cookies, at just six years old.
He subsequently founded Mr. Cory Cares, aimed at helping his community in a variety of ways, including donating money and cookies to various charities. Cory often speaks publicly, encouraging young people like him to become entrepreneurs to create positive change in their community and spreads the message of positivity and inclusion.
FOUNDATION FOR GIRLS
In 2014, Shreya’s grandmother died from cancer. Her last wish was to help vulnerable girls and Shreya promised to fulfil that wish, keeping her grandmother’s memory alive. This major life event became the catalyst for her to found ‘Foundation for Girls’ a not-for-profit, dedicated to empowering at-risk girls and youth by providing them with training, skills and resources to create pathways for economic opportunity, independence and a marked shift in their life-trajectory.
The foundation engages youth to help them find their passion, self-confidence, and skills to be self-reliant. Through the foundation, Shreya currently works with the homeless, trafficking survivors, refugees, domestic violence victims, and teen mums.
NORTHERN IRELAND_AGE 17
ST LOUIS GRAMMAR SCHOOL BALLYMENA
Daniella is determined to highlight the issue of domestic abuse in a positive and proactive way, as this is a cause close to her heart. Representing Women’s Aid on the BBC Children in Need Youth Panel, she voices the needs of the people who benefit from the work and the crucial role they play in supporting those experiencing abuse. Her role also involves visiting care homes to support inter-generational projects, helping in homework clubs and volunteering on a summer scheme.
Daniella has also raised money for the Centre of Hope in Romania, where she also volunteered over a summer leading activities and workshops for the young people who attended