ITV’s Good Morning Britain surprised Pat with the news in a special live broadcast from our Cardiff centre this morning.

Pat, 72, has been volunteering with The Trust for almost four years, working with young people across a variety of programmes and activities.

As well as helping young people with mock interviews and CV writing sessions, Pat has been instrumental in supporting Heaven’s Kitchen, a cooking session where young people come together to prepare a meal for senior figures in the local community.

A trained assessor, Pat also visits young people seeking to overcome financial barriers to education, training or employment through our Development Award programme. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s now a leading member of our Volunteer Support Group, working with other volunteers to shape the future of how people give their time to The Prince’s Trust in Wales.

Pat says:

"When I was in work, I got a great buzz from training other people, but unfortunately never had the opportunity to work with young people. Volunteering with The Prince’s Trust Cymru has offered me the chance to do this

Seeing young people get opportunities to learn in a safe environment without being judged is so inspiring to me; and it gives me great fulfilment that I have played a part in changing young lives.

"The more I volunteer with The Prince's Trust Cymru, the younger I feel!

Judge Rahul Mehra said:

“The judging panel had the unenviable task of choosing just one winner out of the nominations we received. We all found the process incredibly difficult as every nomination demonstrated what a huge difference volunteers make to young people and the wider Prince’s Trust community.

"I know from my own experience as a mentor just how much young people benefit from having positive role models, and in return how working with young people can have a really positive impact on the volunteer.

Congratulations to Pat – we were all so impressed by her dedication to young people and the team in Wales and look forward to seeing her collect her award in March!

Pat will receive her award at the Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards National Final in London on Wednesday 11 March.

About the Volunteer of the Year Award

Pat is The Trust’s first ever Volunteer of the Year award recipient, an honour that recognises a volunteer who has proven themselves to be a role model to young people through one or more of our programmes over the past two years.

The award recipient is selected based on how they have had a positive impact on one or more young people, supporting them to secure a positive outcome in employment, education, training or self-employment, to overcome barriers, and develop skills such as confidence, communication, resilience or teamwork.