Bolton boy honoured with The Diana Award
Nine-year-old Milan Paul Kumar from Bolton is the recipient of the highly decorated ‘The Diana Award’ for his humanitarian and social activism work.
The award, established in memory of Diana, The Princess of Wales, is presented by a charity under the same name and is backed by the late British royal family member’s sons – Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
When the nation was under a strict first lockdown in 2020, Kumar spent his time reading 50 books in 3 months and was inspired to join the ‘National Literacy Trust’. He then went on to cycle 50 laps of the University of Bolton Stadium for 10 days for the charity.
The young boy, who was also awarded the British Citizen Award 2021 for his charity work to support families and children affected by Covid-19, completed another challenge in 2021 which involved hiking, cycling and skiing in a period of 5 days.
Kumar also wrote and self-published his own book, ‘Covid Christmas Parade’, with all proceeds being donated to charity, and was congratulated by the Prime Minister.
Additionally, he helped 15 care home residents ‘combat isolation and loneliness’ as part of the ‘My Dear New Friend’ scheme.
The Royal Family members congratulated Kumar in his efforts, with Prince William saying, “Congratulations on receiving The Diana Award today! You are part of an inspirational generation of young people who are changing the world through your actions, and I hugely admire your efforts.”
“Your stories are remarkable. Many of you face huge challenges in the face of difficult times, yet you are tirelessly breaking down barriers to create a better future for us all.”
“Thank you for your compassion, bravery and absolute determination. You truly are the personification of my mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all. I believe there’s no better way to celebrate her life and work than through recognising incredible people who dedicate so much time and effort to helping those around them.”
“I hope that you stand proud in the knowledge that you are making a real difference and that you enjoy today’s ceremony — you deserve it!”
Prince Harry said, “I wanted to reach out directly to share how inspiring it’s been to read your stories, speak to you, and learn about the work you’re doing day in and day out to strengthen your communities – and because of that, strengthen the world.”
“We are in awe of everything you’ve already accomplished and know you have what it takes to continue developing into the changemakers who will shape our collective future. Even as young leaders, your impact is immeasurable, and we need you more than ever!”
“The Diana Award is a special honour, and one you have worked so hard to earn. As I said while hosting this year’s event, I see my mother’s legacy reflected in this community and its work – in your work. She would be so proud to see what you and your generation are accomplishing. She always understood what young people could do, which is so much, especially when given the right support and investment.”
“I’m genuinely grateful to be part of the Diana Award family.”
“Never forget that you are making the world a better place. Keep up the good work, because we all need – and all benefit from – the energy, passion, creativity, and care that you bring to everything you do.”