Royal trophy for boy who changed his life

Prince's Trust award winner Dominic Grove, The Prince Of Wales, Konnie Huq and Matthew Fosh, Group Chief Executive of awards sponosr Novae.
Prince's Trust award winner Dominic Grove, The Prince Of Wales, Konnie Huq and Matthew Fosh, Group Chief Executive of awards sponosr Novae.

A top Royal award has been scooped by a Fleetwood teenager.

Dominic Grove, 17, won recognition for turning his life around after a troubled time growing up.

He was one of just three people across the UK to be put forward for the Novae Educational Achiever Award, coordinated by the Prince’s Trust.

And at The Prince’s Trust & L’Oréal Paris Celebrate Success awards in London last week, he was presented with the prize in the form of an engraved wooden bowl.

Dominic received the award from Xtra-Factor TV presenter Konnie Huq in front of a 1500-strong crowd at the Leicester Square Odeon.

And he met HRH the Prince of Wales, who established the Trust, at the event.

Dominic said: “I’m still in shock that I’ve won the Educational Achiever Award.

“The Celebrate Success awards night has been a fantastic event and it was great to hear so many other inspiring stories.

“I was completely lost before I got in touch with The Prince’s Trust but now I’ve managed to turn my life around and I’m studying at college.

“After being here today, I will go back to my home with even more determination to make sure I have a career in media.”

TV and chart star Cheryl Cole, who was at the ceremony, said: “Many of these young people have hit rock bottom but have had the strength of character to seek support from The Prince’s Trust.”

Beating tens of thousands of young people across the UK, Dominic impressed the judging panel with his story of determination.

At the age of nine he was taken into care and forced to move away from his family and school friends.

With the help of the McKee Centre in Fleetwood and The Prince’s Trust’s two-year scheme, Dominic turned his life around and is now much more confident about what the future holds.

Fleetwood MP, Eric Ollenshaw, said: “Dominic is a shining example to other young people in Fleetwood.

“His inspiring story is evidence that, with the right support, young people can turn their lives around.”

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support, including developing key workplace skills, to 14- to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

Further information is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk or calling 0800 842 842.