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Jody attends the National Diversity Awards

Jody Cundy presented the Liam Mackin Award 2012

Role models and charities from across the UK were honoured for their hard work and commitment to equality and diversity at Britain’s largest diversity awards ceremony on Friday 21st September at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

The night was a glittering success with appearances from Paralympic heroes Jody Cundy and Claire Harvey, the stars of ‘My Transsexual Summer’, CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and BBC journalist Amal Fashanu who presented the positive role model award for gender.

As a patron of the awards Jody presented the positive role model award for disability to 17 year old Liam Mackin, a deafblind student from Worchester, for his role in raising an estimated £150,000 for charity. Jody, who had to re enter the stage after a technical fault joked ‘that was the restart I should have got at the Paralympics’ to which the audience applauded.

After generating so much interest and support in its first year, the awards are sure to go from strength to strength with next year’s event being held in Leeds.

Nominations for next year’s event open in January, for the full list of award winners visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

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