Forget Me Not Trust gets special recognition

Kate Hardcastle being presented ambassador status for the Diana Award, by CEO Tessy Ojo.
Kate Hardcastle being presented ambassador status for the Diana Award, by CEO Tessy Ojo.

From being 15 years old, Calderdale’s Kate Hardcastle has been a prominent fundraiser and campaigner in the Yorkshire community and beyond.

Holding a whole range of titles and awards, the founder of Dreamgirls charity and confidence campaign Positive Image, also runs her own business – Insight with Passion – and was even crowned as Tesco’s Enterprising Mum of the Year 2013.

Kate Hardcastle has been granted ambassador status for the Diana Award. Pictured with Shagufta Bashir and Wesley O'Neill, from Calderdale College.

Kate Hardcastle has been granted ambassador status for the Diana Award. Pictured with Shagufta Bashir and Wesley O'Neill, from Calderdale College.

And now the 36-year-old has even more to celebrate having been announced as an ambassador of the Princess Diana Award.

As part of a gathering of charities and organisations she’s associated with at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, Kate was named as one of only five Diana Award ambassadors nationwide – and the sole representative up north.

The acknowledgement came as a shock to mum of one Kate as part of the event which was being held to celebrate all she’s achieved with the associated charities as well as highlighting a ‘shopping list’ of her plans for the rest of the year.

The event was also very poignant in that it was held on what would have been Kate’s grandfather’s birthday – a man who she says has acted as her inspiration.

Kate Hardcastle has been granted ambassador status for the Diana Award. Pictured with leaders of local charities she has been raising money for at Cedar Court, Ainley Top.

Kate Hardcastle has been granted ambassador status for the Diana Award. Pictured with leaders of local charities she has been raising money for at Cedar Court, Ainley Top.

She said: “If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here - I’d be at a desk in an office somewhere.

“He was a very big campaigner in Calderdale for disabled rights.”

Kate added that she was thrilled to be announced as ambassador for the Diana Award.

She said: “I’m quite emotional if I’m being honest – I didn’t really know what was happening.

“I’m really thrilled I love working with young people who need a bit of confidence because I did at that age.

“It’s all about giving back.

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana award who presented Kate with her ambassador badge, said: “It’s a big deal to say that someone’s an ambassador it’s a massive deal for us.

“We look at people who have gone over the call of duty – people who’ve given back to the community who just think about other people, who are selfless in their activity.”

“We ask young people if we think a person is deserving.”

She added that following an introduction earlier this year an astounding figure of young individuals had been inspired by Kate.

“We asked them about Kate, overwhelmingly about 96 per cent of the people that responded thought she was inspirational which was awesome.”

Kate will be officially welcomed as a Diana Award ambassador by the Prime Minister in October. The title will stay with her for 18 months.