Baroness May Blood Award Shortlist for Irish Education Integration

Baroness Blood

Baroness Blood

Baroness May Blood MBE has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level.

Nominated under the Social Driver category, Baroness Blood has campaigned tirelessly for the social cause of integrated education in Northern Ireland for the last 14 years. Within two years of volunteering as member of the Integrated Education Fund, the baroness found herself leading the entire fundraising campaign as Chair of the Integrated Education Fund Campaign Council. Using her powers of persuasion, networks and inspirational attitude, Baroness Blood has raised over £15 million to build schools to support rising demand for integrated education of over 22,000 children. Her involvement has made an enormous difference in making integrated and shared education a key political issue for the first time in history.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat said, “Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless, defines a path for the hopeless, and restores faith to influencers. The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the ‘us and them’ and bring people of all statuses together.”

Baroness Blood is committed to engaging the grassroots in its combined efforts in engaging children of all faiths to grow and learn together, and for this, her efforts are being recognised here.

Over 50 high-level government officials have been nominated in 3 categories but there can only be six winners. Join Baroness May Blood and other government nominees at the Vincent Rooms, Westminster with evening performance led by Euro-Vision Song Contest artist, Imaani.