HRH The Prince of Wales met award-winning young entrepreneur Gina Moffatt, who was helped by The Prince’s Trust after she left Holloway prison, at her cafe in Tottenham.

His Royal Highness, who founded The Prince's Trust in 1976, met Gina and other young people from Tottenham as part of a visit focusing on regeneration in the area. The group spoke about their views of Tottenham and what more could be done to support young people there.

The cafe Gina runs at Tottenham’s 639 Centre is the second she has opened in the area following support from The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme. Today, she was able to share her plans to open another one in the capital.

Gina says: 

To think how much my life has changed in the last few years is amazing. I was a convicted prisoner looking at life on benefits when I was inside, but now, thanks to The Prince's Trust, I am a successful businesswoman with my whole future ahead of me.

It wasn’t the first time The Prince and Gina had met. She was invited to Clarence House ahead of her prestigious Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year award win at Pride of Britain in 2011.

Rob Butcher, Senior Head of Enterprise for The Prince’s Trust in the South, says: “We’re delighted that His Royal Highness met with Gina today. Her growing confidence and determination, since working with The Prince’s Trust, has helped make her enterprise a huge success and we’re proud of what she’s achieved.

With more than one in three young people in Haringey struggling to find jobs, the work of The Prince’s Trust is more important than ever. But, like Gina, we can help young people to break down the barriers that are holding them back.

Between April 2012 and September 2013, youth charity The Prince’s Trust helped over 300 disadvantaged young people in Tottenham. Last year more than 70 local young people were supported through the youth charity’s Enterprise programme, which helps young people to set up in business or find work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

The Prince of Wales tasked a number of his Charities to work together to support Tottenham. The work, in partnership with local stakeholders, is on-going. The Prince's Trust one of several Prince's Charities working together to change lives and build sustainable communities in Tottenham.