Youth group receive recognition for project

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A total of 30 inspirational young people from across the region including those who are members at a Clitheroe youth group were presented with a Diana Award at an Inspire training day today (Tuesday).

Recognised for improving the lives of others, they received the award in memory of Princess Diana and with the Prime Minister as patron.

Members of Clitheroe Youth Forum were presented with the Diana Champion Volunteer award after spending two years researching the deaths of airmen who died in 15 separate plane crashes during the Second World War. They created a Roll of Remembrance and lay down six dedication stones close to the crash sites displaying the names of the fallen heroes.

They have also been involved in an annual remembrance service writing poems and prayers and planting trees dedicated to the servicemen. Many of the group’s members had relatives who fought in the war and they wanted to ensure that their sacrifice was not forgotten.

Tessy Ojo, Diana Award chief executive, said: “These young people come from all walks of life and many have challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds, however what they share is a deep sense of social responsibility. Through our unique training, mentoring and development programmes we empower and motivate them to continue contributing their communities throughout their life. We would like to congratulate all our new award holders as they join #DianasLegacy and an alumni made up of 45,000 Diana Award Holders.”

As well as being celebrated with a prestigious Diana Award, young people attending Inspire Manchester will receive specialised training in campaigning and community action.