Alexander suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety which means he can find it difficult to cope with everyday life. He had a really bad stutter at school – he struggled to even answer the register – and got bullied for that.

After finishing school, he took some courses at a local college for people with mental health issues. During a photography course, the teacher told him he had an eye for composition – he began experimenting and a journalist even used one of his photos for the cover of their novel.

“Because of my OCD, I see things in a very linear, structured way which actually helps me to create really strong visual images. I found an outlet where my OCD could actually be turned into a positive. Interestingly, my painting is very organic – the process makes me go into a trance and I’m barely aware of what I’m creating. It feels so free and it’s been an amazing way to express myself.”

Alex knew he wanted to make a living out of his art but didn’t know where to begin. So he joined the Enterprise programme, still unsure whether The Trust was for people like him.

I thought The Prince’s Trust was only for people who had had a really tough upbringing but, once I got there, I realised that it doesn’t matter which walk of life you come from, everyone has their own issues and their own story. It’s like one big family that welcomes everybody.

Alexander's favourite part of the programme was meeting people from different backgrounds. Everyone had their own passion and their own dreams. He has now been running his business Alexander Rhys for more than two years, selling his art worldwide.

I knew I had a talent but I wasn’t very good at organising things or managing finances. To think I have my own business now is quite incredible. Enterprise even taught me general life skills like money and time management.

The future looks bright for Alexander. His work is currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, he has exhibitions coming up in the UK and Portugal and his work is to be published in a book at the British Museum.

“It’s quite scary to think where I’d be without The Trust. Before I found them, I was depressed and had no sense of purpose. They taught me that it’s ok to be who you are.”

I now tell everyone I meet that my success is down to The Prince’s Trust – they saw a spark and believed in me, and that gave me hope. I owe them everything.