Queen Elizabeth Honors Head of Princess Diana Charity for Helping Young People

Courtesy Diana Award Tessy Ojo
Tessy Ojo, who runs a charity that supports young people in memory of the late Princess Diana, was honored by Queen Elizabeth.
Ojo has been named to the Queen's recent list of honors as Commander of the Order of the British Empire, joining celebrity chef Mary Berry, named lady at the annual recognition of those who have made valuable contributions to public life.
The awards ceremony was scheduled for June but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The delay has also allowed the awards to include "COVID Heroes" who have helped their communities or worked in health and social services to counter the crisis.
Tessy Ojo, who brought the UK Diana Award to the world stage, has worked closely with Prince William and Prince Harry in her work to support young people.
"I'm overwhelmed. It feels like a mandate to do more. This tells me that young people have put their trust in me and I can't afford to give up," Ojo told PEOPLE.
Rui Vieira - WPA Pool / Getty Prince William and Tessy Ojo
"I'm looking far and wide now, looking beyond the UK. I have a bigger mandate now and that's what the honor feels like to me," she added.
"I am humble about this honor and it feels meaningful because it was driven by young people," she continues. "It's an immense privilege to work with children and young people. Over the past 20 years at the Diana Award, I've seen time and again the life-changing impact we can have on young people when we invest in them and empower them to have a voice to bring about change. "
Courtesy Diana Award Tessy Ojo
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The Diana Award is the only charity that bears the name of the late princess. Fittingly, young people started the process that led to Ojo's award. She was also a member of Prince William's Cyberbullying Task Force. Callum Fairhurst, 23, was one of those who led the nomination and met Ojo when he was a young boy after his brother Liam died.
Courtesy Diana Award Tessy Ojo
“Tessy has been a major influence on so many young people, including me. She has always helped me make a difference, ”he said in a statement. "Your support and advice enabled me to start a charity for bereaved siblings like me."
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Matt Porteous / Kensington Palace Prince William, Mary Berry and Kate Middleton
Also honoring the Queen this year is Mary Berry, a household name in the family of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Her name was one of the first words her son Prince Louis said! Berry, who was a judge at the Great British Bake Off until 2016, worked with Kate, 38, on the Royal's program to help and inspire young children and parents to be active and play outside. She is also a major supporter of Child Bereavement UK, whose royal patron is William.

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