HRH with winners at The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards 2017
The Prince of Wales helped honour the achievements of remarkable young people from across the UK today at The Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & HomeSense Celebrate Success Awards in London.
The annual Celebrate Success Awards recognise young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression, and made a success of their lives with the help of The Prince’s Trust.
Today’s Awards, which took place at the London Palladium, were hosted for the sixth time by television presenters Ant & Dec and attended by Prince’s Trust supporters and Ambassadors, including Gemma Arterton, Thierry Henry, Nick Grimshaw and Emilia Fox.
The Prince with hosts Ant and Dec
During the ceremony there were musical performances from the stars of the West End show School Of Rock and X Factor winner Matt Terry, who sang his song ‘Writing's On The Wall’ and a cover of Prince's ‘Purple Rain’.
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One young award winner today was Michelle Brown, who after being sexually and physically abused began getting into trouble with the police, with her life in danger of spiralling out of control.
After a heartfelt plea from her grandfather that her behaviour would cause him a heart attack, Michelle joined a Prince’s Trust course which led to her becoming a steward at Southampton FC.
Michelle said: "I went off the rails a bit and got into trouble with the police. I needed help and support and I was a bit lost."
Describing how The Prince's Trust stepped in to help her, she said: "I worked on channelling all my aggression and bad thoughts into something good.
"The Prince's Trust has given me my life back and made me have a future that I never thought was possible."
A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards 2017
Published on 17th March 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I wanted, more than anything else, to express my warmest and heartfelt thanks to Ant and Dec for coming yet again to this amazing event, when you think they could be doing all sorts of other useful things like practicing their lines for the next show! It made me think, nearly sixteen years they have been coming here and each year their jokes get better and better, and their matching suiting gets smarter and smarter. Generally, they add an enormous amount of tone and dignity to the occasion and I am enormously grateful to them.
I have interesting memories of this place Ladies and Gentlemen, because I think it was always here that the Royal Variety performance took place and one or two other Prince's Trust evenings trying to raise a lot of money. On one of those evenings, I was sitting in that box, what Dame Edna Everage describes as the 'ashtray', and to my absolute horror, halfway through this performance one of the performers produced a ladder and leaned it up against the 'ashtray' and proceeded to climb up inside the box and to make some very unsuitable jokes at me. Whereupon, I was very very tempted just to give the ladder a tiny push!
Anyway, Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been a wonderful occasion and I found it deeply moving to hear so many of the young people's stories. But, after fourty one years it really is, as you can imagine, I hope, so continually rewarding to hear about the way in which The Trust has helped to turn people's lives around. Of course, it can't be done without the army of wonderful supporters ...Read full speech