A prestigious national awards ceremony will be held in Liverpool today (8 September) celebrating role models and charities.
Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic (pictured) and television presenter Brian Dowling will present the grand National Diversity Awards ceremony.
More than 22,000 nominations and votes were received for this year’s awards, which will be presented at Liverpool Cathedral.
The black tie event provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
Alongside a host of unsung diversity champions, this year’s nominees include the likes of Anthony Joshua, Denise Welch and Lily Allen.
Famous names including Lenny Henry, Ade Adepitan, Adam Hills and Trevor Nelson are also supporters of the National Diversity Awards.
Ahead of the event Ana Matronic says: “I’m thrilled to be back in Liverpool, a city I love, handing out the National Diversity Awards and celebrating a cause I’m devoted to. “Congratulations to all the nominees representing the change this world needs, and best of luck to all.”
Liverpool’s mayoral lead for equality, Councillor Anna Rothery, adds: “Liverpool has been home to people of different races, religions and sexual orientation for hundreds of years, so it is fitting that this prestigious event is being held in one of the country’s most diverse cities.”
Sponsored by Direct Line Group and Microsoft, the National Diversity Awards are also set to feature special appearances and stellar performances.