Birmingham teams honoured with Diana Awards

Four Envision teams from Birmingham receive their Diana Awards at the London ceremony

Four Envision teams from Birmingham braved Monday’s snow to travel to London to receive their Diana Award at a ceremony held at Barclay’s Corporate Office in Canary Wharf.

The Diana Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people who have contributed to their communities and is in legacy of the work of the Princess of Wales.

I never expected to be nominated and it was an amazing feeling to be up there on the stage today; it really does justice to all the work that all my friends put into the campaign.Envision is quite special as it’s taken many kids who want to do quite a lot but don’t have the courage to step forward and do it so they’ll give them a platform and it really did turn out to be a success.

Is'mail Mustafa, 18, Team member of Help the Hospice

The Envision teams were nominated for their hardwork and dedication in delivering positive change and a lasting legacy to their communities.

  • Planet People from Kind Edward VI Camp Hill Girls... 

...created a vegetable garden in a local primary school which is now used to produce food and as a teaching aid. The group helped the young pupils learn about sustainable food and leave a lasting legacy for the school to continue.

  • Aid First from King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys... 

...teamed up with the British Red Cross to create a First Aid club for Year 7s at their school, teaching vital skills which could help to save lives. The group are currently training up Year 11 students to take over managing the project when the team leave school this year.

  • Help the Hospice from King Edward VI Aston...

...raised money for the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington which suffered from funding cuts last year. Having consulted with the Hospice about what they needed the group led a creative and multi-faceted campaign which  raised over £1000, as well as providing donations of equipment, including computers, for the beneficiaries and their families to use.

  • Environ-Mental from King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys...

...cleaned up their local area in King’s Heath through several community litter-picks and created art work from the rubbish which was displayed at the Britain in Bloom Festival.

The teams were presented their awards by TV presenter, Kate Hardcastle, CEO of Diana Awards, Tessy Ojo and Managing Director, Barclays Bank, Dan Roberts.

The highlight of the day was a surprise performance by X Factor runners up The Risk but above all the afternoon was an opportunity for the teams to celebrate and reflect upon their achievements.