YEP says: Diana Award youngsters have earned our praise and respect

The Princess smiles as she enjoys meeting the crowd in Bingley in 1991.

The 16-year-old soldier’s last letter home from the First World War trenches, which has gone on display in Leeds this week, is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by so many young soldiers.

The young man, Horace Isles, was just 14 when he joined up.

A century later there are times when the antics of some young people make it hard to believe that any teenager would be capable of such maturity, bravery and sacrifice.

But to think that would be an injustice to the many young people who deserve our praise and respect.

Among those are the dozens of inspirational young people from Leeds and across the region were presented with awards in memory of Princess Diana and her passion for social action.

The Diana Awards were set up to recognise young people who have demonstrated the qualities of kindness, compassion and service championed by the late princess.

Their stories are inspirational.

Later this month Leeds will host the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation awards.

Once again inspirational stories of the success and endeavours of the county’s teenagers will be told.

Well done to all of them. Your efforts should be rewarded and hopefully will inspire others.

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