Social entrepreneur could win award

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A social entrepreneur who is visually impaired is in the running for a national award.

Amar Latif, from Leeds, has made the final cut for a gong at the National Diversity Awards.

Amar’s work to enable visually impaired people to go on holiday and his determination not to allow his impairment get in the way have earned him a place on the shortlist for the Entrepreneur of Excellence award.

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on September 18 where the winners will be announced.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry said: “Four years on and The National Diversity Awards are continuing to have a positive impact across the whole of the UK. The awards have grown, and with it, so has the vast array of unsung diversity heroes being recognised nationwide.

“It is crucial that we challenge discrimination head on, and the National Diversity Awards unite those that dedicate their lives to the cause. Long may this continue.”

Community organisations Leeds Beckett Student Union (Multi-Strand) and No Going Back (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender; LGBT) have been shortlisted for awards.

Jude Woods, an activist who works at Leeds Art Gallery as an assistant community curator has also been recognised for her work running various events.

She and a colleague run a group called ‘Queer Eye’.

Jude also ran a two-day conference on Female to Trans masculinities last year which has landed her a spot on the Positive Role Model Award for the LGBT category shortlist.

TV personality Brian Dowling will host the ceremony.