Pop star Nicola Roberts leads Canary Wharf anti-bullying drive

Young people made a stand against bullying in Canary Wharf yesterday with the help of Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts.

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week, 300 young people took part in Dragons’ Den-type panels and pitched ideas on how to tackle cyber-bullying.

The event at the Britannia International Hotel in Marsh Wall was organised by The Diana Award - a charity set up following the death of The Princess of Wales to recognise young people for their social work.

Pop star Roberts, who has spoken out about her own experiences of bullying since becoming famous, was set to meet Education Secretary Michael Gove this week to discuss the problems facing young people.

She said: “Bullying is a real issue that affects a lot of young people.

“It was great to see so many young people with the courage to stand up to bullying and the commitment to go back and support others in their schools and communities.”

Dance sessions with Britain’s Got Talent act Twist and Pulse and drama workshops with Son of Rambow actor Will Poulter were also held.

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Ideas for combating bullying pitched by young people included “compliment” and “smile” days.

The Diana Award has worked with just under 300 schools in the UK and has created over 2,000 anti-bullying ambassadors since June.