Awards honour city’s inspiring role models

Gillian Archbold and her daughter Sabrina from the disability charity Kidz Aware  have two months to raise �10K or the charity may fold.
Gillian Archbold and her daughter Sabrina from the disability charity Kidz Aware have two months to raise �10K or the charity may fold.
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A disabled woman who founded a charity to fight discrimination is among the city’s most inspiring people to be nominated for a special award.

The National Diversity Awards 2013 will celebrate positive role models and community groups who make a difference across the UK.

Sabrina Archbold, who created charity Kidz Aware with her mum Gillian, has been put forward for the Disability category for her efforts in supporting families from the charity’s base at Jubilee Hall, in Lupset.

City nominees for other categories include a Wakefield councillor, a charity which supports Nigerian children, the founder of a gay community website and a TV transsexual star,

Awards patron Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham, of Wakefield, appeared on Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer and has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award

She said: “To be asked to carry on supporting the awards and to be a patron again is something I feel so proud to be a part of – you only get one life.

“Be yourself no matter how tough it can be, it gets better and better. If I can help in any shape or form it not only benefits myself because I learn daily but also helps others feel better.

“The awards are continuing to grow and I’m glad to be one of the flowers blossoming with it.”

Thomas Wales has been nominated for the same award in recognition for the work he has done with Wakefield Pride, Stonewall Youth Volunteering and co-founding the website gaywakefield.com. The gay community website has been put forward for the Community Organisation Award.

Coun Monica Graham has been recognised in The Lifetime Achievement category for her “proactive stance on equality and diversity”. And city charity Afemai Children’s Trust is shortlisted for the Race/Faith/Religion Award.

A ceremony will be held in Leeds in September and nominations can still be made before Friday, July 19, by visiting www.nationaldiversity
awards.co.uk