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Inspirational young heroes from across Yorkshire have been celebrating with the stars at a glittering award ceremony in Leeds.

X Factor contestants Jack Walton and Rough Copy joined Britain’s Got Talent’s Gabz and Olympic medallist Sarah Stevenson to highlight the work of young fundraisers, volunteers and schoolchildren at the ceremony at Elland Road yesterday.

The Diana Awards at Elland Road, Leeds.

The Diana Awards at Elland Road, Leeds.

There was also a surprise message from Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs to congratulate the winners.

Francis Edwards, 18, from Roundhay High School, was one of those recognised.

Francis learnt to overcome his physical disability at the Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in Leeds and now volunteers at the centre to help children overcome the same difficulties he faced.

Members of the Leeds Youth Council were also given an award for their help improving the future for children and young people in Leeds.

The group has produced information packs for schools about careers advice, disability awareness and road safety.

In the past two years they have volunteered over 1,500 hours of their time.

Ruby Jones, 12, from the Zebra Academy of Performing Arts in Castleford was congratulated for her fundraising.

Ruby has been busking on the high street and at events for the past year to raise over £1,000 for various charities.

Pupils from St Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy, who set up the Bambisanani Partnership, were given a Diana award for their work in South Africa.

The pupils have helped develop 20 young sport and literacy leaders in a poor community, which led to a sports festival being held and offered children the chance to play new sports such as cricket.

The students also volunteered at an Aids orphanage and have raised money to fund schooling for 40 orphans.

Kate Hardcastle, Diana Award ambassador, said: “I’ve seen how receiving this award can transform a young person’s life.”

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