A Straid woman has been named as an ambassador to a national organisation set up as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Sandara Kelso-Robb, executive director, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland and strategic advisor to ‘Giving Northern Ireland’ would be a Diana Award ambassador for Northern Ireland during a ceremony at Downing Street recently.
The Diana Award is the only charity that bears the name of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
It honours young people, who are nominated by their schools and communities, in recognition of their contribution to society.
The princess believed that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
The young people involved with the charity come from all walks of life and many have “challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds”.
However what they share is a deep sense of social responsibility.
The charity is “passionate about young people, and through the Diana Award’s unique development programme, the compassion and commitment of young people is harnessed so they fulfill their aspirations for society”.
Tessy Ojo, chief executive, Diana Award says: “For the approximately 1,000 young people who now receive this award each year, it is truly life-changing.
“It often comes at a pivotal time in their life.
“Through our unique training, mentoring and development programmes, we empower and motivate them to continue contributing their communities throughout their life.”
Sandara Kelso-Robb said: “I am very proud to be appointed as a Diana Award ambassador for Northern Ireland. During my years of working in the charity and voluntary sector, I have seen many extraordinary young people give their time and talents to improve the lives of others. These awards ensure that their efforts are recognised and their skills developed so they can continue to contribute to the good of society.”