AN IRISH traveller from Buckley spoke of his delight after finding out he had been shortlisted for an award.

Martin Gallagher has been shortlisted for the positive role model award in race, religion and faith at the National Diversity Awards 2019.

More than 28,000 people were nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 20 to witness the 2019 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Amongst those being honoured are a reformed gangster, a Junior Bake Off Star and a host of campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Mr Gallagher said: “When I found out I'd been shortlisted, it was such an amazing feeling.

"It's very rare that Travellers get a positive acknowledgement so I hope this is a sign of things to come for all those who are doing amazing things.

"I actively campaign for GRT (Gypsy, Roma & Traveller) rights, whether that be challenging hate speech on social media, raising awareness of racism within politics and other institutions or meeting with decision makers to influence policy.

"I would love for my children to grow up in a world that is equal, where they are treated the same as others without the constant fear of discrimination."

HSBC, Direct Line Group and MI5 have recently been announced as sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass root charities and diversity champions since its inception.

Joining the likes of Auto Trader UK and Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure.

ITV News are also listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent.

A spokesman for MI5 said: “It is MI5’s mission to keep the country safe, and it’s vital that we represent the diverse society we seek to protect.

"We are at our strongest when we have the richest mix of the best talent, working together in an environment that allows people to thrive.

"Put simply, our diverse workforce is crucial to our operational successes.

"We are pleased to be able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to inclusion through our continued support for these awards.

"They are an important way of recognising and celebrating the good work being done across the country to promote inclusivity, diversity and provide opportunity for all.”

Paul Sesay, founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards, added “A record amount of nominations and votes were received this year, the most we have ever received.

"I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist.

“So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. "Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation.

"I look forward to congratulating you in person in September."

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