Kate Adie, Sarah Winckless and Kelly Hoppen were just a few of the celebrities who inspired women at ‘An Afternoon of Inspiration’ last week.

Inspiring and courageous celebrities attended the launch of Women Supporting Women, an initiative which brings together passionate and successful women who care about helping the most disadvantaged young women in our society.

Host June Sarpong welcomed 200 guests to Google’s high-tech new office in King’s Cross where they were treated to rousing speeches by celebrity speakers including: Kate Adie OBE, Kelly Hoppen MBE and Sarah Winckless MBE. 

Kelly Hoppen MBE, Prince’s Trust Ambassador, said: 

Whether you were there to share wisdom, find wisdom or understand confidence, every single person left filled with inspiration.

The event brought together successful women from across a range of industries, from interior design to finance, in support of the UK’s most disadvantaged young women.

We were all privileged to hear from three young women who have been supported by The Trust. Lenique Louis, now a successful jewellery designer, Ruth Gibson, now working in film production and Leanne Lashley founder of LGBT comedy club Miswits, took to the stage to share their inspirational stories.

Right now in the UK, 272,000 young women are unemployed and around 70,000 girls are excluded from school each year. Last year, we supported around 20,000 young women to find work, education or training. And, thanks to our new initiative, Women Supporting Women, we aim to help even more.

Lenique said: 

I'm on a high from meeting so many inspirational women. I made some great connections and I’m really looking forward to seeing what impact these women have with The Princes Trust. This platform is going to be a success.

The afternoon was hosted by Eileen Naughton of Google and Chrissie Rucker of The White Company. 11-year-old composer Alma Deutscher rounded off the afternoon with an awe-inspiring performance on the piano and violin.

For more information on how you can get involved in Women Supporting Women, click here