England interim manager and Prince’s Trust Ambassador Gareth Southgate said everyone has a part to play in helping young people to achieve great things, as he delivered a speech at the Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Day.

The annual Bloomberg charity trading event, where Bloomberg staff members come to work in eye catching fancy dress, brings together the financial community to help Bloomberg-supported charities by donating their trading commissions from the day. Since its inception in 2012, Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Day has raised nearly $4 million for charities including The Prince’s Trust. During the event, Gareth Southgate expressed his pride at being an Ambassador for us. He said:

I’ve met many young people through The Prince’s Trust who have achieved amazing things despite having a difficult start in life. The Trust helps to inspire young people to go down a more positive pathway and provides stability and support. We’ve heard today how Lewis was supported in school through The Trust’s Achieve programme and it’s clear just how life changing it can be. We must never underestimate how much young people can achieve with the right help and support.”

17 year-old Lewis Didd from London also spoke at the event. Following the death of both of Lewis’ grandparents his Mum started to develop mental health problems. It was around this time that Lewis’ brother also went through a very difficult period. The impact of the challenges his Mum and brother were facing significantly took their toll on Lewis, who was just 16 at the time. It started to affect his general wellbeing and health and then his school studies.

With support through Achieve, Lewis defied the odds to gain 8 GCSEs and is now midway through an emergency services course, looking to become a Paramedic or youth worker in the future. Last year he became a Young Ambassador and right now he couldn’t be happier. Lewis said:

The Prince’s Trust programme changed my life. My confidence was so low and I found the thought of exams extremely stressful. Yet the Achieve programme with The Trust helped me to learn some vital life skills and genuinely opened up so many doors. I’m on my way to becoming a paramedic but I honestly believe that if it wasn’t for The Trust I would never have had such an opportunity.”