Two inspirational people from the West Midlands were celebrating yesterday after being honoured at a star-studded ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of youth charity the Prince's Trust.
Tony Bradley and Rebecca White joined Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and a host of celebrity ambassadors at the UK final of The Prince's Trust and RBS Celebrate Success Awards in London.
The dedicated pair were both left celebrating after Rebecca was named the winner of the In-School Achiever Award and Tony collected the Volunteer of the Year award.
Having faced significant barriers including being bul-lied and depression, Rebecca, from Chelmsley Wood, joined a pioneering programme developed by the trust which allowed her to demonstrate her good leadership, organisational and planning skills.
After joining the programme she achieved her Bronze and Gold Asdan Awards and successfully sat five GCSEs.
The 16-year-old has now blossomed into a strong, confident young person and has started a veterinary nurse course at college, pursuing her ambition of working with animals.
Mr Bradley was honoured after ten years of mentoring businesses, working as part of the charity's area board, helping with mentor recruitment and working as a Development Award assessor.
His dedication to the young people of Birmingham was confirmed this year when, from his hospital bed, he rang to find out how the Business Awards Committee had gone.
Prince's Trust chiefs said they were particularly impressed by Tony's dedication to those he mentors as he often extends the relationship on an informal basis for some four to five years after businesses have begun trading. ..SUPL: