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Philanthropy Press - Diana Award Winners

Young people commended and awarded with a Diana Legacy Award for their selfless work

In this week’s philanthropy press we are highlighting how much young people have to give with examples of two inspirational young people from Northern Ireland who received a Diana Award from the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at St James’s Palace London for their selfless and courageous work here in Northern Ireland.

Garreth Browne aged 16 from Shantallow, Northern Ireland.

After losing his father and mother in the same year, has been a pillar of support to his older sister and two younger brothers, to ensure their family stay together despite the hardship they have had to face. In addition to supporting his siblings, Garreth selflessly helps other children in Kinship Care by talking about his family’s experience in a positive way. He has shown maturity and bravery by facing his own emotions and troubles to help younger children work through theirs. He goes above and beyond helping in his local community by volunteering every night at his local youth club and boxing club. Staff at Kinship Care have been awestruck watching Garreth help and support children with disabilities and less confident members of the group, who, without his encouragement and kind words might have given up at an extremely difficult time in their lives. Garreth is described as ‘giving hope to everyone he meets,’ a true testament to a remarkable young man who gets up every day with the intention of making his family proud and others happy despite his own heartbreak.

Dervla Dolan aged 18 from Omagh, Northern Ireland.

Dervla has been the driving force behind setting up The Enda Dolan Foundation after her brother Enda, was tragically killed in a road accident in Belfast. Enda was a keen athlete, guitarist and budding architect. The foundation was established to keep his memory alive and inspire others through his love for life. Inspired by her brother, Dervla passionately believes in improving both physical and mental health for overall well-being and for this reason, she established numerous ‘Couch to 5K’ programmes to inspire people of all abilities to have fun whilst getting fit. The Dolan family also created Run for Enda to get the wider community involved. Dervla herself has competed in various races and has volunteered at all of these programmes. She has witnessed first-hand the positive effect of sport on physical and mental health which drives her to continue. As Deputy Head Girl she is an exceptional role model to other young people both in her school and local community. The personal challenges that Dervla has faced have been enormous but she has persevered to shine a light of hope, strength and love in her brother’s memory and honour.

Read more about the eighteen other inspirational Diana Award recipients from across the globe.