A star-studded line up joined Prince Charles at the London Palladium today to pay tribute to the brave and hardworking young people of Britain. The Prince of Wales was joined by a number of celebrity ambassadors, volunteers and supporters to celebrate the achievements of young people all over the UK.
The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense awards recognise young people who have overcome a range of issues, such as drug addiction, abuse and depression. These remarkable people have turned their lives around, thanks to The Trust.
Celebrities from across the world of entertainment attended the award ceremony, including presenters Ant and Dec who hosted the event, This Morning host Phillip Schofield, actor Tom Hardy, and singers Tom Jones, Cheryl Tweedy, and Olly Murs. Olivia Coleman, who is rumoured to play The Queen in the next season of The Crown, was also in attendance.
Who were the winners of The Prince’s Trust Awards 2018?
The Young Achiever Award recognises the success of young people getting into employment, training, or education after overcoming obstacles. This year’s winner is Daisy McDonnell. After the loss of a very close friend, Daisy sought help from The Prince’s Trust and turned her life around. The Trust taught her employability skills that enabled her to secure an apprenticeship.
The Young Ambassador Award recognises young people who are exceptional ambassadors for The Trust and volunteer their time to inspire others. This year’s recipient is Tom Rebair who felt suicidal after being bullied. The Trust allowed Tom to change his views of life and start striving for a fulfilling future.
The Enterprise Award recognises young people who have achieved success in creating a business or community or social enterprise. This year’s winner is Kyle Chivers who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during his GCSEs. Despite his diagnosis, he continued to try hard and aim for his goal of making a career for himself.
The Rising Star Award recognises young people who are in sustainable employment as a result of the Prince’s Trust, despite having to face personal obstacles. This year’s recipient is Jack Hamblett who struggled with mental health as a child after the death of his best friend and losing his mother and step-father to cancer in the space of a year. Jack sought help from The Trust which helped him see the importance of life, and he now works as a support worker in a residential home.
The Community Impact Award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their local community. This year’s winner is the Ayrshire Team 150, a group of more than 30 people that helped Doonfoot Primary School create a sensory garden.
The Breakthrough Award recognises the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills. This year’s recipient is Jack Lucas who used to get into fights and sleep in the park when he couldn’t sofa-surf. The Trust provided Jack with something positive to focus on, and he is now concentrating on making his life a success by helping others.
The Educational Achiever Award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their local community. This year’s winner is Jaidah Thomas who is transgender and HIV positive after being sexually assaulted aged 15. After facing abusive relationships, being bullied at school, and the loss of family members, Jaidah became addicted to drugs and attempted suicide. After receiving help from The Trust, Jaidah is now at university.
The Mentor Award recognises the phenomenal support of The Trust’s mentors who help change young people’s lives. This year’s recipient is Yasin El Ashrafi who wants to continue to inspire young people to find their purpose and try to achieve their dreams.