Pair nominated for award from Prince's Trust
A school drop-out who set up his own company despite suffering paralysis in a motorbike accident and an aspiring fisherman are among a group of young people from Cornwall to be recognised for conquering the odds.
James Abery, 28, and Scott Richards, 20, helped turn their lives around with help from The Prince's Trust and have been nominated for awards at the youth charity's annual ceremony today.
Mr Abery, from Newquay, has been nominated for the RBS Enterprise Award.
After leaving school at 15, he "fell in with the wrong crowd", endured a motorbike accident which left him paralysed in one arm and suffering memory loss.
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"My world just caved in, my prospects halved overnight," he said.
When he and his partner lost their first child, they moved to Cornwall to make a fresh start where, after continual rejections on the work front, Mr Abery decided to set up his own business with help from The Princes Trust.
After joining Enterprise, a Prince's Trust programme that helps young people start up in business, Mr Abery launched his own specialist valetting business which has exceeded financial projections.
"The Prince's Trust probably don't realise it, but they've not just helped me aspire to start a business, they've given my family hope," he said.
"My children can now learn by my example, and that's something I never thought I'd be able to say."
Newlyn born and bred Mr Richards, is up for the AgustaWestland Flying Start Award, which recognises young people who despite having faced substantial personal obstacles are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince's Trust programme.
As a young man he always dreamed of following in his father's footsteps by becoming a commercial fisherman but was unable to afford the fees for training courses.
"It was so frustrating, I wanted to get off Job Seeker's Allowance, I knew what I wanted to do, I just couldn't afford the course," he said.
Mr Richards eventually received help from a Prince's Trust scheme to enable young fishermen to get their qualifications.
After obtaining his qualifications, he has now got a full time job and works alongside his father.
"I'd lost all my confidence; I thought I'd never find a job I liked, and then this fantastic opportunity came along," he said.