Tim Peake, who will be the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station this December, is our latest Ambassador. 

At a press conference organised by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, Tim announced this morning he would be helping raise awareness of our work as an Ambassador.

He said: “As a young child, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But it was just a distant dream at that age, and it evolved into a strong passion for flying, which I was fortunate enough to pursue in my career. Since then, with fantastic support from others, the right opportunities, and a lot of hard work, I now find myself on the brink of achieving my early dreams.

But I know I am one of the lucky ones. Thousands of disadvantaged young people in the UK need even more support from us to get the chance to follow their dreams and fulfil their potential.

“That’s why I’m proud to announce my support and Ambassadorship of The Trust. It’s an amazing organisation that helps young people succeed in life no matter their background. The young people helped by The Trust face innumerable challenges and difficulties in their daily lives, and so it’s all the more important that they get the opportunity and support to develop their abilities and realise their talents.”

Tim was presented with a Prince’s Trust t-shirt by Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador  Lyle Ashun.

Lyle said:

I feel pretty amazing to meet someone as inspiring as Tim. It makes me want to push further to accomplish my dreams!

Tim Peake’s Ambassadorship will help highlight the work we are doing to help young people acquire STEM skills.

STEM is vital to the economic future of the UK, and STEM skills are more in demand than ever in the work place. In recent years, we have introduced STEM opportunities across our programmes. From app design to stargazing, and animation to robotics, we make sure that our activities are engaging and relevant, and help young people progress into jobs, education or training.

Richard Chadwick, Director of Programmes and Development at The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are extremely proud that Tim has chosen to support The Prince’s Trust as one of our Ambassadors. He is a remarkable role model and an inspiration for all the young people we help through our different programmes, in particular those involving STEM skills. We look forward to working with Tim and wish him every success in his mission to the International Space Station.”