Some of our young people have raised over £800 for two of the city’s mental health charities, thanks to their involvement in the national Diana Award Mentoring Programme.

Year 9 and 10 students from Millthorpe School have been taking part in the Diana Award programme for most of the school year working with leaders and mentors from the charity. The Diana Award is the living legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It requires its participants to develop a campaign around a social issue that affects their community so the Millthorpe students chose to focus on the issue of young people living with mental health challenges.


The students arranged for guest speaker, Rab Ferguson, Young People’s Co-ordinator at York Mind, to give talks in their school assemblies about the challenges that many young people face and the work that support organisations do to help them. They also held a non-uniform day and a bake sale to help raise funds and awareness amongst their peers.

Their fundraising activities raised a fantastic £838.93. The funds will be divided between two local mental health charities – York Mind and The Island – both of which do incredible work to support young people.

Angela Nicholson, Millthorpe School’s Student Support Officer and Diana Award project coordinator for the school, said: “The students have been amazing and totally committed to the premise that they do have the power, the ability and the drive to make the world a better place. Not only have they raised a substantial amount of money for their chosen charities, they have also gained some valuable skills along the way such as organisation, problem-solving, working as part of a team, communication and interpersonal skills. We’re very grateful to the team at The Diana Award for all their time and support and to everyone who has been involved.”

Earlier in the year during Carer’s Awareness Week, the Millthorpe students held another non-uniform day in school to raise money for York Carers Centre.  This raised a total of 646.73.