For 18 years, The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards have been shining a spotlight on the extraordinary achievements of individuals who have overcome unimaginable difficulties to make a difference to the lives of those around them.
At the very heart of this evening’s ceremony (31st October 2016) lies a recognition, shared by my Prince’s Trust, of ordinary people’s ability to achieve extraordinary things.
I am sure you will agree that it is incredibly humbling to witness the sheer determination and incredible journeys of tonight’s heroes.
Good deeds, selfless acts and inspirational stories all too often go unseen, and stopping to recognise these is what makes this evening so special.
This year marks my Trust’s 40th anniversary.
When I founded it in 1976, it was a time of great social unrest in Britain.
The economy was suffering, there was rising inflation and high levels of unemployment.
Today many of these problems have sadly resurfaced, with the young bearing the brunt of it all.
It has never been more important to ensure that we are doing all we can for the next generation.
I am absolutely thrilled to be part of these wonderful celebrations and am delighted that yet again my Trust has an award category that recognises hardworking and remarkable young people who have triumphed over adversity.
Over the last 40 years I have met inspiring young people who have managed to achieve great things and it makes me enormously proud when these young people go on to help others do the same.
I am tremendously proud of this year’s Pride of Britain winners and would like to offer my most heartfelt thanks for the noble contributions they have made to the lives of others.
Thank you and congratulations.
Celebrating Young Achievers
The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award has been a part of Pride of Britain since 2001.
The winner is someone who has turned their life around with the help of the Trust, and gone on to help transform the lives of others.
This year’s winner was chosen from a shortlist by a panel, chaired by the Trust’s CEO Martina Milburn CBE.
Judges included Trust ambassadors Fearne Cotton and Jenni Falconer.