What’s On Magazine at The Prince’s Trust Awards

What’s On Magazine April 2018 is out now with an exclusive from The Prince’s Trust Awards.
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Ant & Dec hosted the annual Awards, attended by guests including Olivia Colman, Helen McCrory OBE, Cheryl, Sir Tom Jones, Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy, Thierry Henry, Phillip Schofield, Olly Murs, Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack.

HRH The Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, attended The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards national final, held at The Palladium in London.

The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards recognise disadvantaged young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community, as well as those who have played a part in supporting the work of The Trust.

A series of regional events took place in November 2017 and culminated in a red-carpet ceremony hosted by Ant & Dec at the national final at the London Palladium. Eight awards, including the Homesense Young Achiever of the Year Award, were given out by celebrity presenters, including Prince’s Trust celebrity Ambassadors.


Among them were actress Olivia Colman, singer and TV presenter Cheryl, actress Helen McCrory OBE, singers and The Voice mentors Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, actor Tom Hardy, ex-footballer Thierry Henry, and TV presenters Phillip Schofield, Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack.

Prince’s Trust Trustee Thierry Henry said: “I am very proud to be a Trustee for The Prince’s Trust and continue to be inspired by all the work they do to transform the lives of young people. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of those whose lives have been changed by the support of The Trust. Many have had to face monumental life challenges, yet their strength and determination have overcome all obstacles. Learning about the achievements of all those who were awarded at this year’s Prince’s Trust awards has been incredible, what an amazing event.”

Daisy McDonnell, 22, from Bransgore, was the winner of the Homesense Young Achiever of the Year Award.
Daisy was facing homelessness and grief, and feeling very vulnerable.

“After a traumatic and harrowing bereavement, the collapse of my relationship and the reclaiming of my apartment, I began to give up hope. Trying to hold down a full time job while living on the streets proved extremely difficult.

“The people that were around me during that period of my life were volatile at best, on several occasions becoming increasingly dangerous and aggressive. I felt like there were situations where I could have died.

After the death of a very close friend Daisy sought help, and the Clockwork Sanctuary, a homeless day centre, suggested she take part a Princes Trust programme. Daisy enrolled on the Team programme – a 12-week course that builds the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people.

“Team became the one constant I could look forward to. And I did. Every single day.

“Following Team, and due to lots of hard work, I managed to secure an apprenticeship as an outdoor instructor and find more stable living accommodation. This has been a great opportunity – I have developed new skills, new confidence and new passions. I am now sitting my yacht masters with UKSA in the Isle of Wight and aim to have completed my ocean yacht masters and dive masters within the next five years. I am surrounded by likeminded, happy people and am living at sea, in my element and have grown to accept my past and learn from my mistakes.”

Daisy said: “I can’t believe I’ve won this Award, I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m in a really happy place now and looking forward to making the most of the opportunities that come with UKSA. I can’t thank The Prince’s Trust enough for all their support, I don’t know where I would be without them.”

“Huge congratulations to Daisy, the Young Achiever of the Year, on behalf of everyone at Homesense and TKMaxx. Daisy has displayed courage, determination and resilience to turn her life around and this award is testament to all of her work. A truly inspirational young woman.” Louise Greenlees, President of TK Maxx and Homesense

TK Maxx and Homesense have been a partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 and are one of The Trust’s largest delivery partners of the Get into Retail programme. This is a two to six week course that develops young people’s skills in the retail sector and supports them into positive outcomes in retail. Since the partnership began, over 70% of young people who have taken the course went on to full time employment at TK Maxx or Homesense.

TK Maxx and Homesense are proud to have helped 871 young people through the Get into Retail programme

Homesense supports The Prince’s Trust’s work with vulnerable young people through the Achieve programme, which helps young people aged 13-19 to engage and succeed in education.

Achieve helps vulnerable young people to overcome the barriers holding them back and provides them with the support and skills they need to get their lives back on track. With the support of Homesense associates and customers, vital funds will be raised to help more than 1,500 young people in local communities across the UK to develop the skills and confidence needed to engage and succeed in education, through relevant, engaging and informal learning.
Youth charity 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.

About The Prince’s Trust
The UK’s leading youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 870,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.

Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at