Brad Williams, aged 22, who lives in the Cynon Valley town of Mountain Ash, is honoured to receive The Diana Award for going above and beyond in his daily life to create and sustain positive change. Brad started his social action journalism journey at the age of 14 as a pupil at the school.
The award is the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, it’s given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
Brad, a former pupil of Mountain Ash Comprehensive School now works for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s community radio station GTFM (South Wales LTD).
He has a relentless passion for supporting his community. Following devastating floods in his South Wales community, Brad was instrumental in a leading role establishing an emergency response which collected 40 cages of essential items for families affected. An aspiring journalist, Brad uses his own news channel ‘Cynon Valley News’, youth-led magazines and his volunteer hours at a charity radio station to engage young people in community action and volunteering opportunities. This has helped raised thousands of pounds for charity and inspired his peers to do the same. Brad’s work continues, recently using his platform to petition the local authority to improve road safety near a primary school.
Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award, says:
“We congratulate all our new Diana Award recipients from the UK and all over the globe who are changemakers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. For over twenty years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”