"Twenty years on, she is still touching hundreds and hundreds of lives through her legacy," says Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Award

By Simon Perry
June 15, 2017 10:23 AM
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Princess Diana’s lasting charitable legacy was celebrated at a fundraising gala at her family home on Wednesday evening.

The gala, held at the Althorp Estate and hosted by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, honored The Diana Award charity, which celebrates young people who are walking in Diana’s footsteps.

In a statement, Charles Spencer said, “I have always championed The Diana Award, from the moment it was raised as a possibility in the grim days after my sister’s death. It so clearly chimed with her love for children and young people, and reflected her bravery in fighting for good causes – a gift that she possessed from a very early age.”

Charles Spencer, Maria Bravo, Tessy Ojo and Nick Ede attend the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award at Althorp House on June 14, 2017.
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Actress Pamela Anderson and King Arthur actor Craig McGinlay were among the 75 guests at the bash, which was in partnership with Global Gift Initiative, an international program from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by actress and producer Maria Bravo.

“Twenty years on, she is still touching hundreds and hundreds of lives through her legacy,” says Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Award. “It made me even more conscious of the responsibility that we have in continuing her legacy. Not that we shy away from that, but I was more aware of how much we have a huge responsibility to make sure people continue to remember her — and that what she lived by continues to be remembered.”

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Althorp Estate is also hosting an exhibit, Walking in her Shoes, of the 20 Legacy Award winners who received their honors last month from Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry.

Maria Bravo added in a statement, “Like Princess Diana, the work of The Diana Award transforms the lives of so many young people. On this 20th anniversary of her passing, we are proud to have created a unique evening to commemorate such a special person and wonderful charity.”