Inspirational paraclimber and award-winner from Northampton shortlisted for award recognising role models for disability

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Northampton’s Inspirational Woman of the Year has been shortlisted for the UK’s largest diversity awards.

Social entrepreneur, paraclimber and award-winner, Susanne Rees, has been shortlisted as a positive role model for disability in the prestigious National Diversity Awards 2014.

Deaf and disabled herself, Susanne launched iDID Adventure CIC, an all-inclusive adventure club for young adults who are deaf or disabled. iDID gives young adults aged between 14-25 the opportunity to take part in specialist adventure programmes such as rock climbing, wakeboarding, canoeing and snow sports.

She also supports a variety of other charitable organisations with a focus on improving wellbeing amongst young adults and marginalised groups.

Headline sponsors Microsoft are just one of the brands supporting a sky fall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.

More than 21,000 nominations were received this year paying tribute to inspirational individuals and groups nationwide that have dedicated their lives to enhancing the equality agenda.

On her shortlisting,Ms Rees said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been nominated, let alone shortlisted. These awards are filled with such high calibre and inspirational people, it really is an honour. As to my work, it is a great recognition and quite frankly, I’m touched that people view me as a Positive Role Model... It’s the young people that I work with who inspire me every day!” 

The Hurlingham Club in London will play host to the black-tie event on September 26, to honour the outstanding achievements of grass root communities nationwide.

Lloyds Banking group, which operates the UK’s largest retail bank, international accountants PwC, media giants Sky and Secret Service MI5 will be amongst sponsors backing the Best of British diversity at the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards.

TV personality Brian Dowling will return to host the ceremony alongside CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell.

He said: “I am so excited! I have witnessed the awards go from strength to strength and I am always truly taken back by the humbling and uplifting stories of all the nominees and award winners.”