'Golden Globes' style awards returning to city

Last year's event at Liverpool Cathedral
-Credit: (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

The National Diversity Awards are returning to the city later this year.

The prestigious black tie event celebrates the achievements of grassroots communities that tackle issues in today’s society by recognising their dedication and hard work. This year will be no different as charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured.

The event, which has been described by organisers as a "Golden Globe-like" ceremony is set to take place on Friday, October 4 at Liverpool Cathedral. It will be hosted for the second year running by broadcaster and presenter Clare Balding.

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Clare said: “I’m honoured and delighted to return as host for these uplifting and inspiring awards. It’s so important to recognise individuals, organisations and charities going above and beyond to unite their communities, making them stronger, safer and happier.

“The National Diversity Awards celebrate all that’s good and powerful in an inclusive society and bring much-deserved attention to community heroes whose hard work and achievements might otherwise go unnoticed.”

Activist Katie Piper and Olympian Donna Fraser are on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the highly anticipated shortlist - which several Merseyside-based entries made.

Autumn weather and colours in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Autumn weather and colours in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral -Credit:Liverpool Echo

This includes Baltic Triangle’s drag bar FunnyBoyz, Sefton Park festival Africa Oye and supporting charity Natural Breads LTD. Also on the list was Bixteth Street’s Refugee Women Connect, Act for Action’s Louise Farrington and domestic abuse charity Amadud.

Ian Stuart, chief executive at headline sponsor HSBC UK, said: “Diverse communities are the backbone of British society. We are incredibly proud to be the headline sponsor, helping recognise individuals and groups who are making a positive impact on diversity, equity and inclusion across the UK.

“We look forward to celebrating the incredible role models and change makers nominated this year.”

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