Olympic Rower Katherine Grainger CBE presents international award set up in memory of Princess Diana
More than 20 inspirational young people from across Scotland have been presented with the Diana Award – set up in memory of Princess Diana – for helping to improve the lives of others.
Among those honoured yesterday were 13-year-old Kira from Edinburgh who was nominated by Radio Lollipop for Children in Hospital after offering support to other cancer sufferers and their families and helping to raise awareness through social media despite undergoing intensive medical treatment for Neuroblastoma herself.
Seventeen-year-old Ross from Dalkeith was also recognised for becoming an inspiration to both able-bodied and disabled people in his community. Despite suffering a growth disorder, he is a fundamental member of his local badminton club and is dedicated to increasing the participation of disabled young people in sport and volunteers his time to provide free tuition to make that happen.
Tessy Ojo, chief executive, Diana Award, said: “We would like to congratulate all our new Award Holders today as they join #DianasLegacy and an alumni of 47,000 Diana Award Holders. These awards come on the eve of a momentus year for the Diana Award as we join the world to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
“Underpinning all the work we do is the Power of Peer. We use this to change attitudes and behavior to ensure young people get the support they need to get on in life and mobilise them to be a force for good in society.”
As well as receiving the Diana Award, the winners will receive specialised training in campaigning and community action to kick start a year long social action initiative with their peers to tackle social issues, make a positive change and contribute to a brighter future for themselves and others with the support of INSPIRE Scotland, an organisation which provides opportunities and training for young people.