On Tuesday 6th March we celebrated our National Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards at the London Palladium to honour the achievements of young people supported by The Trust.

HRH The Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, attended the annual award ceremony which was hosted by Ant and Dec. The awards recognise disadvantaged young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community, as well as those who have played a part in supporting the work of The Trust.

The red-carpet event follows the 10 regional award ceremonies that took place throughout October and November last year. Eight awards, including the Mentor of the Year Award in association with Good Morning Britain, were given out by celebrity presenters, including Prince’s Trust celebrity Ambassadors.

Among them were actress Olivia Colman, singer and TV presenter Cheryl, actress Helen McCrory OBE, singers and The Voice mentors Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, actor Tom Hardy, ex-footballer Thierry Henry, and TV presenters Phillip Schofield, Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack.

Daisy McDonnell, 22, from Bransgore, was the winner of the Homesense Young Achiever of the Year Award. Homesense supports The Prince’s Trust’s work with vulnerable young people through the Achieve programme, which helps young people aged 13-19 to engage and succeed in education.

Daisy was facing homelessness and grief, and feeling very vulnerable. She said: “After a traumatic and harrowing bereavement, the collapse of my relationship and the reclaiming of my apartment, I began to give up hope. Trying to hold down a full time job while living on the streets proved extremely difficult. 

After the death of a very close friend Daisy sought help, and the Clockwork Sanctuary, a homeless day centre, suggested she take part a Princes Trust programme. Daisy enrolled on the Team programme – a 12-week course that builds the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people.

Daisy said:

I can’t believe I’ve won this Award, I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m in a really happy place now and looking forward to making the most of the opportunities that come with UKSA. I can’t thank The Prince’s Trust enough for all their support, I don’t know where I would be without them.

Daisy said: “Team became the one constant I could look forward to. And I did. Every single day.I am now sitting my yacht masters with UKSA in the Isle of Wight and aim to have completed my ocean yacht masters and dive masters within the next five years. I am surrounded by likeminded, happy people and am living at sea, in my element and have grown to accept my past and learn from my mistakes.”

Louise Greenlees, President of TK Maxx and Homesense said:

Huge congratulations to Daisy, the Young Achiever of the Year, on behalf of everyone at Homesense and TKMaxx. Daisy has displayed courage, determination and resilience to turn her life around and this award is testament to all of her work. A truly inspirational young woman.

TK Maxx and Homesense have been a partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 and are one of The Trust’s largest delivery partners of the Get into Retail programme. This is a two to six week course that develops young people’s skills in the retail sector and supports them into positive outcomes in retail.  Since the partnership began, over 70% of young people who have taken the course went on to full time employment at TK Maxx or Homesense.