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Awards Ceremony in London’s Theatre Royal Marks 30th Birthday of Youth Support Network

The bold, the royal and the beautiful gathered yesterday to mark the Prince’s Trust finishing a third decade of work.

Winners of the awards were joined by famous ambassadors for the Trust such as former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, pop sensations Lemar and Will Young and Formula One star Jenson Button for the awards ceremony hosted by the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, London. The final award of the day was presented by the former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales spoke of his pride at the accomplishments of the Trust over the years.

Some Winners

The awards, entitled The Prince’s Trust and RBS Celebrate Success Awards, were hosted by TF presenter June Sarpong. The final prize, the overall Young Achiever Award, was presented to Shenica Williamson by Mr. Brosnan. She has overcome a combination of a traumatic childhood, bullying and unemployment to enter training as an apprentice. She has now successfully embarked on a career in community care.

Enterprise is the name of the game for many in Britain as the country attempts to meet the skills challenge of the global economy with new ideas and motivation. Kynda Carter, 29, received her award (the RBS Enterprise Award) from fashion designer Jade Jagger and star actor Joseph Fiennes. He had moved from his spiral of offending and drug dependency into carpentry in a prison workshop, and set up his own business through the assistance of the Trust.

Delight at the Inspiration

The presenter, June Sarpong, spoke after the show, saying: “It has been a truly inspiring day and my congratulations go to all the winners. I feel honoured to be supporting a charity that helps change young lives and being a part of the 30th birthday celebrations. I hope that other young people will be able to see that they can turn their lives around with the help of the Prince’s Trust.”

The celebrations will continue, and so too will the work. All of us at FE News would like to offer our congratulations to the Trust for their hard work and commitment to the cause.

Jethro Marsh

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