Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Diamond Day local events across the country, culminating in the Hidden Diamonds Gala Fundraiser at the Oval in London.

We like nothing better than making our volunteers feel appreciated so we had an incredible day thanking them while celebrating the difference they make to communities. It was an unforgettable day and here are some pictures that capture just how special Diamond Day really was.

‘Hidden Diamonds’ gala-fundraiser at the iconic Oval Cricket Ground welcomed volunteers from across the South East of England, where local celebrations were streamed live.

As Jan 25th  was Burns night, for the Scotland team it had to be a tartan event, celebrating and thanking volunteers and mentors. The evening started with a young bagpiper, playing three Scottish tunes on his bagpipes. John recited the poem “To a Rose” written by Rabbie Burns. The evening was rounded off with traditional Scottish music and ceilidh dancing

ProjectScotland spent Diamond Day surprising volunteers with Diamond Day certificates.

Sporting Chance joined in the celebrations by hosting a pie and pea supper for their volunteers and participants at Moline Cross Club House.  During the volunteer presentations, Sporting Chance was surprised by Sports England’s ‘Award for Sports Volunteering’ in recognition of the benefits of volunteering to support communities into sport and physical activity.

The team recognised volunteers, streaming live from Able Radio, Cwmbran into the Hidden Diamonds event. The evening was packed with activities including disco, karaoke, food, and refreshments.

The Warwickshire team surprised volunteers with a wonderful lunch and cream tea. They were joined by the mayor of Lemington Spa, Nick Wilkins, who presented certificates and thank you gifts to volunteers. Young care told attendees shared their stories about how much their mentors how much they had changed their lives.

In Wiltshire, Welcome Friends hosted a Christmas Diamond Awards.