Nominations have now closed for The UK’s largest diversity awards as judges begin preparing to announce this year’s shortlist.

The National Diversity Awards have been inundated with inspirational messages from across the nation, praising diversity heroes, entrepreneurs and community organisations.

With nominees waiting patiently to see who will be crowned the best of British diversity, organizers recently caught up with last year’s winners to see how receiving their accolade has affected their lives.

“Winning the N.D.A is the single most gratifying moment of my life” Said Rachael Pearson, winner of the Positive Role Model Award for Gender.

Founder of autism isolation no more, Rachael converted her home into a sensory space for children and parents, providing access to all the sensory equipment they could possibly need.

“It’s made me so proud and happy; I feel truly blessed to be part of such a towering beacon of diversity and inclusion for the nation.  It’s given me an extra shot of get up and go for it. It’s fulfilled something in me that I wasn’t even aware I was missing”.

Echoing this sentiment, Rachel Jury, creator of the pioneering blog ‘Rocking2Stomas’ said “I cannot put into words what the National Diversity Awards night meant to me. I felt honoured to even be there amongst some amazing inspiration and brilliant people who have helped their communities in so many ways. The award represented hope and it felt like a win for the stoma community as a whole and another step in awareness”.

Rachel is an amazing young lady with a life-limiting condition which has resulted in her having two stoma bags – a Urostomy and an Ileostomy. She created her pioneering blog in January 2017 due to lack of online information and created a Facebook group called ‘Double Baggers Ostomy Support Group’, finally forming a place in the community to go for support.

The iconic awards have recently announced new supporters and returning sponsors such as MI5, Auto Trader UK & HSBC. The prestigious black-tie event has also attracted a growing list of endorsements from celebrities who are actively supporting the diversity agenda including Sir Lenny Henry, Graham Norton & and Adam Hills.

This year’s host Sally Phillips will take centre stage at the breathtaking cathedral on 20 th September as the UK’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation,

“I am delighted to be hosting the 2019 National Diversity Awards. Acknowledging and celebrating the hard work and stand out achievements of role models and community groups throughout the UK is a genuine honour for me. Having attended the Awards back in 2016, I experienced this fabulous ceremony first hand and I cannot wait to be back this year celebrating the dedication and commitment of some of the UK’s most luminous and exceptional people.”

With the ever-increasing need for cohesion between communities from all walks of life, the National Diversity Awards is sure to deliver this year’s grandest celebration of diversity.

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