Fly half Gareth Anscombe was a guest as the Prince's Trust Cymru celebrated inspirational Welsh youngsters at a special awards night.
The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards recognised the achievements of young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
The event took place on November 23, at Cardiff City Stadium, and highlighted those young people who had overcome issues such as homelessness, depression, bereavement, drug addiction and abuse.
The awards were hosted by Lisa Rogers, and attended by Prince’s Trust supporters including Anscombe, players from Cardiff City FC, Scarlets and Glamorgan CCC, and Welsh rugby union Assistant Coach Rob Howley.
Cardiff Blues ace Gareth Anscombe was joined by Paul Bulmer from Samsung to present Stacey Fox, 25, from Swansea with the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award.
Despite growing up with parents who were seriously ill, Stacey achieved good grades and a place at college. However, when her father’s bowel cancer became terminal, Stacey left college to care for her mother, meaning she had to grow up very quickly and missed out on many things that typical teenagers take for granted.
By the age of 18 Stacey had tragically lost both of her parents, which threw her whole world into turmoil, leading to depression and a breakdown. Stacey was introduced to Make Your Mark, a Prince’s Trust employment initiative ran in partnership with M&S. She learned how to deal with other people again, faced up to new challenges and her confidence returned. Stacey was offered permanent employment with the store and is now looking to the future, where she aims to help other young people change their lives.
On winning the award, she said: “It feels amazing to win this award, and it really just goes to show that with the right support, anyone can achieve. Thank you Prince’s Trust.”
Since 2012, Samsung has supported The Prince’s Trust to enhance the lives of young people. As the partnership now moves into its fourth year, Samsung is continuing to work closely with The Prince’s Trust to introduce technology initiatives, embedding digital and STEM skills across its programme through the insertion of Digital Classrooms at its centres.
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. For more information visit www.princes-trust.org.uk