Earl Spencer will be honouring his late sister’s legacy by hosting a fundraising gala, in partnership with the Global Gift Initiative, for the charity at the Spencers’ family home – Althorp, in Northamptonshire, England, on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

The Diana Award is the charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.  It is committed to fostering and developing change through practical action with young people.

The Global Gift Initiative is a unique international programme from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo. It is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide, and to helping to raise funds for, and make a difference to, children and women across the globe.

Over the past 18 years Earl Spencer has welcomed thousands of young people who hold The Diana Award as his guests at Althorp. He was on the committee that established the charity in his sister’s memory, and has spoken of how The Diana Award fits so perfectly with his late sister’s core values of kindness, compassion and service.

Earl Spencer says:

“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.”

This summer, Althorp will also be hosting a new exhibition entitled ‘Walking in her Shoes’.  It will showcase 20 inspirational young people who hold The Diana Award, demonstrating  the monumental impact they have had on society and the lives of others. Althorp will also host a separate exhibition of 15 iconic images taken in 1997 by Mario Testino of the late princess.   These photographs, that Testino shot for Vanity Fair, tragically turned out to be the last official portraits taken of her.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award, says:

“It is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to hold this fundraising gala and special exhibition at Princess Diana’s family home during this 20th anniversary year.  We are so grateful to Earl Spencer, who is a long-standing supporter of our work.  Funds raised at this event will help us continue the work of supporting thousands of young people make the changes they need to help improve their life chances, through our Anti-bullying and Mentoring Programmes.”    

Maria Bravo, Founder of the Global Gift Foundation, says:

“I am delighted to be joining forces once again with The Diana Award for this very special evening of hope and inspiration.  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 looking forward to creating a unique evening to commemorate such a special person and wonderful charity.”


‘Walking in her Shoes’ will open May 14th, 2017.