Grace Graham is our National Mappin & Webb Young Ambassador of the Year 2019. This award recognises exceptional young people who volunteer their time to share their personal experiences and inspire others.
"My Dad passed away when I was 15 which was really hard to deal with, and a few years later I was sexually assaulted which left me feeling vulnerable and I ended up having to leave home for my safety.
"During my first year of university my boyfriend was murdered and despite persevering and staying on to graduate, eventually the reality of everything caught up with me and I turned to alcohol to cope.
"A few years later I approached The Prince’s Trust with an idea to set up my own corporate massage business.
"I really believe in the benefits of holistic services and my business, WorkSpa, brings a variety of well-being services to the workplace to reduce employee stress and improve productivity.
"In my role as a Young Ambassador, I have shared my story at numerous events to help promote the work of The Trust and raise money for the charity. I am also a member of the UK2030 Taskforce which is aiming to ensure young people have a stake in society."
Karl Bailey, Senior Manager from Mappin and Webb, says: "We’re honoured to present Grace with this award.