Community organisations and role models from across the UK headed to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14th September to witness the countries 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.
A number of special guests made an appearance at the UK’s largest diversity awards to show their support for the incredible nominees who have changed the lives of many. Hot on the heels from Celebrity Big Brother, Gabby Allen joined Love Island Favourite Samira Mighty to praise advocates and charities for their outstanding achievements. Scouse sensations Claire Sweeney, Jennifer Ellison and Marcus Collins also applauded this year’s nominees alongside the cast of Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, in addition to The Gloves are Off presenter Johnny Nelson.
Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson were headline sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass root charities and diversity champions since its inception. Joining the likes of the Open University, Blackberry, The British Army, Direct Line Group, HSBC Nielsen, MI5, Lush Spa and the Financial Ombudsman, Johnson & Johnson are listed amongst a host of companies recognising diverse talent.
A record 24,584 people nominated this year alone with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Positive Role Model for Age: Abdul-Karim Abdullah
Positive Role Model for Disability: Rachel Jury
Positive Role Model for Gender: Rachael Pearson
Positive Role Model for LGBT: Abbey Kiwanuka
Positive Role Model for Race, Faith & Religion: Salma Bi
Community Organisation Award for Age: Strength Within Me Foundation
Community Organisation Award for Disability: ADHD Foundation Trust
Community Organisation Award for Gender: Action Breaks Silence
Community Organisation Award for LGBT: Sail NI
Community Organisation Award for Race, Faith & Religion: Kick It Out
Community Organisation Award for Multi-strand: Radio Reverb
Entrepreneur of Excellence: Geoff Holt MBE
Celebrity of the Year: Warwick Davis
Diverse Company: Touchstone
Lifetime Achiever: Dr Lewis Turner