Award honours inspirational people who have played a role in promoting inclusion in their community
The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black tie event which celebrates the excellence achievements of grass-root communities that tackle issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.
Some of the nations big names in the media industry and the world of business gathered to celebrate selfless individuals and charities who have made a positive contribution to their communities.
This year’s hosts were Big Brother star Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell who looked absolutely stunning in a blush pink floor length gown.
Winners on the night include Inspirational YOU founder Sonia Meggie whose tireless commitment to nurturing and inspiring people from the BAME communities is well documented. She beat 4 others to take home the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith & Religion.
Sonia organises events around the country, bringing inspirational speakers and individuals together with communities where they can make the most impact.
The foundation which was founded in 2010 aims to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and black and Asian professionals.
Other recicipients at the ceremony were Nigerian LGBT activist Aderonke Apata who won the positive role model for Gender award for her fight for Gay rights for women in Nigeria.
Rioch Edwards-Brown won the entrepreneur of excellence award for her TV station ‘So you wanna be on TV’ which she set up after her son was shot dead while in school. ‘So You wanna be on TV’ helps at risk, financially disadvantaged and diverse youth in London interested in a career in TV get a foot on the ladder and most eventually get employed.
Sarah Chapman won the positive role model award for disability after she turned her life around after leaving school with no qualifications, and undiagnosed dyslexia. After falling pregnant in 2009, she went to Uni and not only graduated, but did so with distinction.
The most powerful testimony on the night was that of Stephen Sutton whose campaign for the teenage cancer trust has raised millions for the charity through his online blog. A photo posted by the teenager online picturing him in hospital as he received treatment went viral and drew the country’s attention to him. He passed away shortly after leaving an inspiring legacy that you can do anything, as long as your mind is willing.
Stephen was given the special recognition award for his tireless campaign in the face of adversity.