Teen Diver is Emperor's Latest Red Sea Covid Diver Hero

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The curtain is starting to close on Emperor Divers' Covid Diver Heroes initiative, in which the famous scuba diving operator set out to recognise divers who went above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, all of Emperor's Covid Diver Heroes have been members of the healthcare profession, but its 6th hero, is 13-year old Lily Lancaster, nominated for the award by her uncle Martin.

'I would like to nominate my niece Lily Lancaster, age 13, for a Red Sea trip. Lily has influenced so many people of our community by showing care and selflessness. Throughout the year Lily does random acts of kindness by giving out chocolates, flowers and gifts to random people to make them smile. During these trying times, Lily has gone above and beyond to give our community high spirits by making keyrings with kind messages on them and leaving them out for people to find.

Over Halloween, as children could not go trick or treating, Lily dressed up and brought sweets out of her own money and handed out over 500 bags to the local children! Lily also brought selection boxes for children to hand out throughout December; Santa was unable to do his usual rounds so Lily arranged for him to join her in handing these out.

This year Lily at Easter Lily handed out almost 400 Easter eggs to the local children. These are only a few things that Lily does; we all have great admiration for someone so young to have such empathy and a heart of gold. Lily has made thousands of people smile during these difficult times and continues to do so.'

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One of Emperor's Red Sea fleet vessels - the Emperor Elite - was voted 'best liveaboard in the world' in the 2020 DIVE Travel Awards

Emperor has contacted Lily who says she 'can't wait' for the trip, and her family has been sharing news of her award far and wide. Lily wins the penultimate Red Sea liveaboard trip and now, with one more to both the Red Sea and the Maldives available, Emperor is reminding members of the public to get their nominations in sooner rather than later - entries for the last Red Sea trip close on Thursday, 20 May.

'This initiative is our way of saying "thank you" to all those hundreds of people who have taken a selfless interest in looking after the vulnerable in their community,' said Luke Atkinson, Emperor’s Red Sea Manager, 'Examples could include healthworkers, carers or those who have come out of retirement to volunteer locally, but really we know there are many other ways people have been heroic.'

If you would like to nominate a heroic diver for a free liveaboard trip to either the Red Sea or the Maldives, tell Emperor in 100-200 words why they deserve the award by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The final dates for nominations are 20 May 2021 for the Red Sea and 5 June for the last available Maldives trip


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