Charleigh, 20 years old and from Middlesbrough, suffered with anxiety to the extent that she found herself unable to do day-to-day tasks. Deciding that it was holding her back, she shut herself away from everything and everyone.  

Her mum was concerned about Charleigh and called the Mental Health Services for Adults team for support. This is where she heard about The Prince’s Trust.
“I joined the Fairbridge programme (now known as the Explore programme). I was so nervous at the thought of meeting and having to speak to new people that I didn’t want to go. I don’t know what happened, but everyone was encouraging me so I just went for it.  "

Straight away, I was surprised at how comfortable I felt being there. Everyone was so nice.

"We learned about how to communicate better, form relationships and get on with people. Then we went on a residential and I learned to be more independent. My confidence just grew as my anxiety got better. I felt comfortable getting the bus on my own and doing things for myself. " 
After the programme I got a job at Primark and was placed in the fitting rooms because they saw I was good at dealing with customers. I’ve faced challenges there, like the odd angry customer, but I now feel I have the resilience to cope.  
“I started to attend college again and my grades improved so much that I got an unconditional offer to study Law at Leeds Becket University, where I’m now in my second semester.” 

Charleigh is our National Delta Air Lines Rising Star Award winner 2020. The award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and are in sustainable employment.