X Factor stars and inspiring youngsters meet in Leeds for award nominations

Rough Copy launch the Diana Award at Leeds arena.
Rough Copy launch the Diana Award at Leeds arena.
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INSPIRING Yorkshire youngsters met X Factor stars Rough Copy in Leeds to call for nominations for the Diana Award.

The award – set up in memory of Princess Diana – recognises young heroes who have had a big impact on the lives of others.

Successful nominations will be invited to a star-studded award ceremony at Leeds United Football Club in December.

Previous Diana Award winner Bethany Hare, 14, was on hand to support the call for nominations yesterday.

Bethany has raised over £30,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice and set up her own charity – Bethany’s Smile – to support the care of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Kate Hardcastle, ambassador for the Diana Award, said: “I’m passionate about the Diana Award and I’m keen to help this award grow in the regions of Yorkshire and Humberside.

“I’ve seen how receiving a Diana Award can transform a young person’s life. This is a call-out for everyone in the region to make nominations.”

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Award, said: “The [award] is about engaging with everyone in the community to shine a spotlight on their amazing young people.

“We know there will be young people across Yorkshire and Humberside who deserve this award. For the young people who receive this award often comes at a pivotal time in their life.

“Through our training, mentoring and development programmes we empower and motivate young people to create positive social changes in their communities.”

There are four categories for individuals and groups of people aged between nine and 18 years old.

Nominations for the Diana Awards will open on July 1.

For more information, or to make a nominations, visit www.diana-award.org.uk.

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