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Anna Kennedy OBE has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

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Anna Kennedy OBE from Anna Kennedy Online has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Award at the National Diversity Awards 2022.

An astonishing 72,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breath taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 16th September to witness the countries 2022 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Amongst those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Anna Kennedy OBE shortlisted for the Lifetime Award said: “Thank you so much to everyone who voted and nominated me. I have been raising awareness and acceptance of autism since both my sons were diagnosed in the early 90’s. my sons and the autism community drive me forward into creating a springboard for them so that they can navigate this complicated everchanging world with the skills needed to have a good quality of life and not be treated like second class citizens.”

About Anna

Originally from Middlesbrough, Anna and Sean Kennedy are parents of two boys, Patrick, and Angelo, who are both diagnosed on the autism spectrum. In 1999 having been turned away by no fewer than twenty-six special needs schools when searching for appropriate educational facilities for their sons. Anna built her own provisions as the start of her incredible journey.

Anna Kennedy OBEIn 2008 Anna co-authored her bestselling biography “Not Stupid” which poignantly portrayed her struggle to find appropriate provision for her boys a familiar story. In 2013 Anna received an Honorary Doctor in Professional Achievement from Teeside University.

Anna finally got her break when she was announced one of the winners of The BBC’s Peoples Strictly in February 2015 where she scored the perfect full marks in the final that was aired to over eleven million people across the UK.


This was the ideal opportunity to selflessly share her personal journey of Autism and to use the opportunity as she connected with the nation and used this once in a lifetime opportunity to raise Autism Awareness through the communities nationwide as the fortitude and driving force behind Autism.

In 2018 Anna was nominated through Amnesty International as a woman making an extraordinary difference and has won fresh recognition for her pioneering support for children with Autism and was also featured on Amnesty’s Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain of woman who have gone beyond. Anna was awarded International Humanitarian Award 2016 by IARA (International Achievement Recognition Awards), and previously amongst many other awards.

Anna also has a weekly show on Women’s radio station as well as her own monthly attendance at Gateway Radio that cover subjects such as disability and the work of her charity. Recently Anna was part of the BBC ‘Harvey and Me’ documentary. There are regular footages of Anna on mainstream media channels and a high demand for attendance as a guest.

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Direct Line Group, Kantar and The British Army have recently been announced as sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 1000 grass root groups and diversity champions since its inception. ITV News are also listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent, providing a platform to our unsung heroes.

Helen Robinson, D&I & Community Engagement Manager, Auto Trader UK, said: “At Auto Trader we are delighted to partner with the National Diversity Awards for another year and celebrate the magnificent people and community groups that are making the UK more diverse and inclusive. We want to recognise their efforts, share their stories far and wide to encourage others to support their work as well as inspire them to take action.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Activist Katie Piper, Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano and Paralympic Gold Medallist Danny Creates were on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the highly anticipated shortlist.

Author and philanthropist, Katie Piper said: “I am so proud to be on the judging panel for the National Diversity Awards. In what has been a tough year for many, I am so pleased these awards create and celebrate a new generation of positive role models. As a campaigner myself, I will love reading about the excellent achievements of grass-root communities which tackle the issues in today’s society with sheer dedication. I can’t wait to honour these charities, role models and community heroes who will have shown outstanding commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Previous winners include Black Girls Hike Founder Rhiane Fatinikun, domestic abuse charity WAVES Counselling Project, and actor Warwick Davis.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added, “What an incredible year it has been for nominations, we received more than ever before showcasing the UK’s role models in all their glory. Producing this shortlist was extremely difficult due to the vast amount of invaluable work being carried out. The UK has truly embraced the spirit of The National Diversity Awards by uniting through adversity to create a host of incredible initiatives. The profound impact made by all our nominees is life changing, and I feel humbled to know that so much goodness is all around us.

After weeks of deliberating and thousands of heartfelt testimonials later, I am delighted to finally present to you the best of British Diversity.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is an honour to recognise your fearlessness, resilience and humanitarian efforts with the rest of the world. Let’s continue the fight for justice, unity and equality for all”.

To view a full list of nominees please visit https://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/awards-2022/shortlist/



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