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Carnival 2014 Press Release

Wednesday September 10, 2014


Clare Balding and M People's Heather Small head the cast for the anti-bullying charity's

3rd annual fundraiser at the Café de Paris on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Diversity Role Models' ("DRM") third fundraising carnival, sponsored by Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Norton Rose Fulbright, is coming to Café de Paris on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Hosted by popular broadcaster and DRM Patron, Clare Balding, this year's Carnival promises to raise the bar even higher for what has quickly become one of London's 'must do' events in late October.

Providing the main entertainment of the evening will be the one and only Heather Small of M People. We are sure that everyone lucky enough to attend will be able to "Testify" that she ensures all music lovers "One Night in Heaven". 

Grey Goose vodka will be in charge of drinks so expect some extremely well-crafted cocktails, while a vast selection of canapés and bowl food will be on offer to soak them up!

In our Live and Silent auctions, DRM will be putting a fabulous range of prizes under the hammer. And, for art lovers, we have lots from talented artists Maggi Hambling, James Barrett, Jonathan Yeo, Andrew Salgado, Dee Stanford and Jacob Love, as well a signed lithograph by Salvador Dali.

Suran Dickson, chief executive of DRM, commented:

"We are extremely excited that DRM Patron, Clare Balding, will host our Carnival, supporting us in our quest to raise funds for a cause that is so close to her heart.  We are also thrilled to be joined by the wonderful Heather Small and are sure that her set will be a fantastic highlight of what promises to be a magical evening."

Clare Balding added:

"As a Diversity Role Models patron, it's been heart-warming to see the growing impact of the anti-bullying workshops they deliver in schools across the UK. You can change the law but it is attitudes that are at the heart of society. Only by changing attitudes do we make real progress.

I am delighted to be hosting Diversity Role Models' 2014 Carnival, all proceeds of which will go towards ensuring it will deliver its programme to as many young people as possible and work towards a world in which homophobic bullying is a thing of the past."

Heather Small said:

"It's an absolute honour to have been asked to perform at the Diversity Role Models Carnival. Diversity Role Models is a charity that is close to my heart and I hope I can do my bit to make sure as much money as possible is raised on the night so we can stamp out homophobic and transphobic bullying for good."

Tickets are already selling very fast so don't delay. To book tickets for this year's event go to:

For further information, please contact:

Diversity Role Models

Suran Dickson, CEO

Stephanie Highett, Trustee

Telephone: 02072788659

Notes to Editors

LGBT students are three times more likely to attempt suicide. Seven out of ten lesbian and gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many skip school because of it. One in six has been subjected to death threats, and 52% have heard homophobic comments from teachers and school staff.

Diversity Role Models' mission is to eliminate homophobic and transphobic bullying. We achieve this by providing high quality, pioneering educational workshops involving role models and through collaborating with individuals and organisations.

Since formally launching in the House of Commons in November 2011, DRM has become one of the UK's most important anti-bullying charities. DRM has already delivered over 600 pro-diversity workshops to over 13,000 pupils using 138 trained role models, communicating directly with students of all ages, using positive role models to counter negative stereotypes based on sexuality.  Of these 13,000 pupils, 96% indicated that they would treat a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) person better after the workshop, while 94% indicated that they would use the word 'gay' as a derogatory term less in the future.

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