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Duke of Cambridge to visit Diana Award anti-bullying charity on Birmingham trip

Published 07/12/2015

William will take part in anti-bullying sessions led by the Diana Award
William will take part in anti-bullying sessions led by the Diana Award

The Duke of Cambridge will today visit a children's charity set up in memory of his late mother during a trip to Birmingham.

William will take part in anti-bullying sessions led by the Diana Award, which works with schools across the region, at Bournville College.

The trip follows his recent work with the Diana Award to highlight the impact of bullying on the mental wellbeing of children.

During this visit, he will take part in activities that highlight the message of "we are all different, but together we are one".

His visit comes as new research from the charity reveals that three quarters (76%) of young people feel they don't fit in at school because of their identity.

The online survey of 1,000 young people also suggested that 58% said they have heard negative things said about their appearance.

While 51% said they had heard negative terms used about their race or ethnicity.

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Award said: "We are thrilled to have the on-going support of the Duke of Cambridge.

"These latest statistics highlight how overwhelming identity-based bullying is for many young people today.

"I am delighted that the Duke is helping raise awareness of this topical issue and reiterating the message that no one should be singled out as a result of their identity. We welcome the Duke's support on fostering a safer and bully-free environment which celebrates diversity, instead of being threatened by it. "

The Duke will also visit the Football for Peace initiative at Saltley Academy, which used the sport to bring children from different cultures together and fosters social cohesion.

And he will also visit St Basils, which support homeless young people, or those at risk of becoming homeless, across the West Midlands.

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