The Breakthrough Award, sponsored by HSBC, recognises the progress of young people who have developed new skills to enable them to make positive steps in facing their challenges and stabilising their lives.

Breakthrough Award winner - Jack Lucus

“I went off the rails. I got into fights, left home, and sofa-surfed whenever I could. When I couldn’t, I slept in the park. Sleeping out in a place like that in the winter, it really affects you. 

“Dad heard about Team on the radio and said I should go. I needed something positive to focus on, and that’s exactly what Team is.” 

The Prince’s Trust put their neck out for me and made me believe in myself, and I’m now making my life a success by helping others. Winning this award gives me a massive sense of achievement, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

“I have so many memories from that programme, like going on a night walk during our residential and helping those at the back. And telling the instructor that I wanted their job! My Team leader sat me down with the instructor at the end and talked me through the skills and qualifications I’d need. I was so taken aback that they believed I could do it. That alone gave me a massive confidence boost. 

“Then, when my mental health declined during a work placement at the activity centre, The Prince’s Trust helped me through it and made sure I got another chance.” 

Our partnership with HSBC

HSBC has worked in partnership with The Prince’s Trust for over five years and in 2015, we announced a three year commitment for the Trust’s Achieve programme as part of our 150th Anniversary Community Fund. Achieve helps young people aged 11-19 to engage and succeed in education and will support 4,300 students over three years to provide a flexible approach to learning for those who are struggling to achieve a range of skills and qualifications.

Our regional Breakthrough Award winners

  • Ross Beattie, winner of our Belfast Breakthrough Award 2017
  • James Peter, winner of our Newcastle Breakthrough Award 2017
  • Jack Lucas, winner of our Manchester Breakthrough Award 2017
  • Ben Sparkes, winner of our Norwich Breakthrough Award 2017
  • Amy May Anderson, winner of our Leeds Breakthrough Award 2017
  • Aadam Hajat, winner of our Birmingham Breakthrough Award 2017
  • Julie Bean, winner of our Cardiff Breakthrough Award 2017