Prince Charles Celebrates Young People’s Achievements At Star-Studded Ceremony

Helen Mirren joined Damian Lewis, Victoria Pendleton and Mark Ronson at charity awards for the Prince's Trust

Helen Mirren joined Damian Lewis, Victoria Pendleton and Mark Ronson at The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards, which recognised young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression.

Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis and Idris Elba were among guests gathered at London’s Leicester Square Odeon yesterday to pay tribute to young people who have transformed their lives with the help of youth charity.

Ant and Dec hosted the awards in front of the charity’s founder and president, Prince Charles, and a 1,500 strong audience.

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Afsana Benozir, 20, from Tower Hamlets in London won the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award after surviving two suicide attempts following serious abuse from a family friend.

With support from The Prince’s Trust, Afsana completed a Medical and Biomedicine college course, and now plans to follow a long-held dream to become a doctor by applying to study medicine at university this year.
 
Golden Globe Award winner Damian Lewis, who presented Afsana with her award, said: ‘Afsana’s story is truly remarkable. Despite the difficult challenges she has faced, which I am sure would have been too much for many, she has beaten the odds to create a better life for herself.’

Other stars in attendance included rapper Tinie Tempah, producer Mark Ronson, actors Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth, presenter Laura Whitmore, actress Helen McCrory, interior designer Kelly Hoppen, and journalist Katie Adie OBE.
 
It was a busy day for Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton who had attended having been earlier presented with a CBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Laura Mvula, BRITs Critics Choice Award 2013 nominee, also performed at the event.

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The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion and three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.

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