HRH The Prince of Wales was joined by a host of celebrities at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, which recognise young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression.
Joan Collins O.B.E, Pixie Lott, Tess Daly, Emma Willis and Phillip Schofield were among guests gathered at London’s Leicester Square Odeon to pay tribute to young people who have transformed their lives with the help of The Prince’s Trust.
Carly Williams, 21, from Weston-Super-Mare won the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award. After 13 years in care she struggled to live independently, shut herself off from the world and needed medication to help with depression. Today, Carly is studying social work at Sheffield Hallam University and is brimming with confidence.
Joan Collins O.B.E said: “It is an absolute honour to be celebrating these truly remarkable and inspiring young people.
"I have been a Prince’s Trust Ambassador for a number of years and have seen first-hand how vital their work is.”
Carly Williams, the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year 2014Television presenters Ant & Dec hosted the awards in front of the youth charity’s founder and president, HRH The Prince of Wales, and a 1,600 strong audience. Sam Bailey, X Factor winner, also performed at the event.
Other stars in attendance included Vernon Kay, Laura Whitmore, dance group Diversity, Jools Holland O.B.E, rapper Wretch 32, Dominic West, Jeremy Irons, actors Howard Charles and Luke Evans, Anna Williamson and Gabby Logan.
Pixie Lott said: “I am so excited to be here at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.
Thirty-year-old Shaun McPherson came away with the Mappin and Webb Young Ambassador of the Year Award. Shaun was regularly told as a child that he would amount to nothing and let everyone down.
Unemployed, addicted to drugs, and struggling to come to terms with his childhood, Shaun started to believe what he had been told.
With support from The Prince’s Trust however he has turned his life around and has set up his own business making bespoke pond covers.
On top of this he is also inspiring hundreds of other young people by sharing his story.
The Prince's Trust gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.
Since 2012, Samsung has supported The Prince's Trust helping to enhance the lives of young people. As the partnership moves into its second year, Samsung will be introducing new technologies into The Prince's Trust's Fairbridge programme, initially at its centre in Kennington. This, as part of Samsung's Digital Classroom initiative, is a scheme that aims to help young people to gain the digital skills needed for an industry that has ever growing opportunities for employment.