Diana Pelham Burn (20th December 1919 – 18th May 2018)

22nd August 2018


An incredible supporter of UK Youth and Art for Youth London for over fifty years


Both the committee of Art for Youth London and the charity UK Youth have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Diana – “the heart and soul” of the Art for Youth London exhibition. Many younger people will remember her for her famous coffee breaks, as she passed around sustenance to tired workers. And others will remember her energy in filling out raffle stubs at recent exhibitions. But her association with both organisations goes much deeper than that.

Diana was an incredible supporter of UK Youth for over fifty years, and played an integral role in the history and development of the charity. She was Chairman of the Christmas Cracker Bazaar, an annual fundraiser in aid of the National Association of Youth Clubs (as UK Youth was then known), until it ended; and then briefly became Chairman of the Friends, a volunteer committee which hosted a series of different events for the charity throughout London to raise vital funds and awareness of the needs of young people.

One of the Friends' most successful events was Art for Youth London, a major art exhibition and fundraiser. Over 30 years later, Art for Youth London is still UK Youth’s most important fundraising event, having raised over £1.4 million since its inception. Diana volunteered at the exhibition until very recently, supporting the raffle and making teas and coffees for the 80-person volunteer team! Diana was also a Vice President of UK Youth for several years. Her remembrance service is being held on 22nd August, 2:30pm, at Chelsea Old Church.

Photo credit: Eliza Gwynne at AFYL 2011

Diana Pelham Burn gave over 50 years of incredible support to UK Youth and Art for Youth London

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