TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the KISS FM studios in central London, and met inspirational school pupils who have turned their lives around with help from The Prince’s Trust.

Their Royal Highnesses toured the studios of KISS FM, a long standing supporter of The Prince’s Trust. They then joined KISS FM breakfast presenters and Prince’s Trust ambassadors Rickie, Melvin and Charlie as they interviewed Victoria Hudson, 15, from Middlesbrough and Ferlondo Fullwood, 17, from Lambeth.

The young people are finalists for the Novae Educational Achiever of the Year award, in association with KISS FM, at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success awards next month.

The annual awards ceremony recognises the achievements of exceptional young people from across the UK who have been supported by a Prince’s Trust programme.

Ferlondo Fullwood, who also met TRHs, felt there was nothing good left in his life when his brother, who he’d always looked up to, was sent to prison. He began getting into trouble at school, his attendance dropped and he started to lose his confidence. But by joining a Prince’s Trust xl club at his school, Ferlondo soon grew into a positive role model. The teenager has since passed his GCSEs, is studying two separate NVQs in catering and has high aspirations of a career in food.

Before Victoria received support from HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity, she felt lonely and unwanted, missing her mum terribly after being taken into foster care. At school, she became increasingly angry and disruptive and was eventually excluded. After receiving support from The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, Victoria’s attendance and performance improved dramatically and she ended up taking nine GCSEs a year early. Her sights are now firmly set on further education to pave the way for a career as a physiotherapist in the Army.

As part of the Royal visit to KISS FM, Their Royal Highnesses watched a DJ-ing masterclass led by KISS FM presenter, AJ, for seven members of The Prince’s Trust xl club at Oasis Academy Hadley School in Enfield.

Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust says:

We’re delighted that Their Royal Highnesses have met ten of our inspirational young people today. These young people have overcome huge barriers to get to where they are today – and we are so proud of them all.We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Kiss FM for hosting such an exciting day. 

2014 celebrated ten years of The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success awards. More than 5,500 young people, who have battled against the odds and worked hard to change their lives on Prince’s Trust programmes, have been recognised through the awards series over the past decade.