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UK Celebrities Applaud National Diversity Awards
Britain's celebrities have come out in force to support the UK's Largest Diversity Awards.

The Ceremony in association with Microsoft, honours the outstanding achievements of those from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.

Leeds will play host to the awards, which recognises the rich tapestry of our nation, and some of its most inspiring individuals and groups.

Reality TV-star turned presenter Brian Dowling, will be joined by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell to host this ceremony.

'I am excited to host The National Diversity Awards for a second year in a row' said Brian'

'Last year was an amazing night filled with so many inspirational people; it made a change to be at an event that recognised the different variety of talent that the UK has to offer'

Actor and Rapper Ashley Walters commented on the importance of the National Diversity Awards. 'The National Diversity Awards have created an inspirational concept, shining the light on underrepresented diversity champions'

'It is important to celebrate the different variety of talent we have to offer, and we should embrace this opportunity to get real people and true role models recognised from across The UK'

British TV presenter and Paralympic athlete Ade Adepitan emphasized the impact of the awards on underrepresented communities. 'It's great to see that last year's winners have been given a platform to send out a positive message to the public.'

'The awards are leading the way for creating a brand new generation of positive role models. I know they will continue to have an impact for years to come.'

Pictured above: Ashley Walters (L) and Katie Piper (R)
Singing Sensation Misha B, a patron of the awards will also be performing to guests on the night. 'It's a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate diversity in all its glory'

'I'm really looking forward to being a part of the event, and longer term helping to raise the profile of this awesome cause'

'It's fantastic that more positive role models are being giving the recognition they deserve' said TV presenter and campaigner Katie Piper, also lending her support.

'I am fortunate enough to meet very inspirational people on a daily basis through my work - these people are out there they just need a big enough platform, I believe what the National Diversity awards are doing can only be positive and inspire us all to be the best version of us that we can be.'

Former Rugby Captain Gareth Thomas said; 'Being gay myself, I fully understand the struggles of people who feel unaccepted and face being judged and discriminated on a regular basis.

'The Media focuses so often on the negatives, it is about time something like The National Diversity Awards comes along, were we can recognise the great variety of people Britain has to offer'

The awards will be held on September 20th at The Queens Hotel. Amongst those due to attend are likes of Sol Campbell, MP Diane Abbott and Paralympian Peter Norfolk.

The prestigious black-tie event has been sponsored by a growing list of top employers including Microsoft, Transport for London, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Sky, MI5, The Co-operative Group, The Open University and the Financial Ombudsman Service amongst others.

UK Celebrities Applaud National Diversity Awards, 3rd September 2013, 12:52 PM