Local diversity champions are one step closer to winning a national award.

OutReach Cumbria has been shortlisted in the National Diversity Awards for their work in supporting the LGBT+ community.

They are shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for LGBT against seven other groups.

Laura Cairns, chairwoman of OutReach Cumbria, said: “To have even been nominated for this award was incredible, but when we found out we had been shortlisted we were thrilled.

“I don’t think any of us expected to have been shortlisted with so many deserving organisations being nominated, but it shows how crucial we are to the LGBT+ community in Cumbria.”

It is no small feat being shortlisted for this award - more than 28,000 people were nominated for the 15 categories.

“The last 12 months has seen a lot of change, with an energetic new committee, a online magazine and the development of our counselling service so we are really pleased to have been recognised in this way,” she said. “For it to fall in our 25th anniversary year is icing on the cake, and a real cause for celebration.”

Winners will be announced on September 20.