Double delight as Solihull NHS worker wins top Prince's Trust Award and meets King - The Solihull Observer

Double delight as Solihull NHS worker wins top Prince's Trust Award and meets King

Solihull Editorial 12th Jun, 2024   0

THERE was double delight for a single mum of four – not only was she crowned national winner for a Prince’s Trust award she also met the King at Buckingham Palace.

Cherelle scooped the national Homesense Young Achiever Award, which recognises a young person who has overcome barriers to succeed in work, enabling them to build a more stable and fulfilling life, at the The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx and Homesense Awards.

The 31-year-old was honoured at the star-studded awards ceremony, hosted by Ant and Dec, and attended by many celebrity supporters and Ambassadors of the youth charity.

The former Solihull Hospital NHS worker was presented her award by Grammy award winning rapper, singer and actor Eve and actor Damian Lewis who joined her at the palace.

Following the event, Cherelle attended a reception at Buckingham Palace to meet The King, founder of The Prince’s Trust, who congratulated the award winners on their achievements.

Eve said: “Cherelle is amazing. She has battled so much to get to where she is now and is a true role model to her daughters, showing them strength, ambition, humour and warmth.

“Cherelle – just keeping doing what you’re doing, I truly believe you have a great future ahead of you.”

After several false starts with The Prince’s Trust – signing up for programmes, then panicking and talking herself out of attendance Charelle had the courage to attend a Prince’s Trust NHS programme in 2021.

After completing the course she was offered a Health Care Assistant role (HCA), which she started in early 2022 at Solihull Hospital and has recently been promoted to a theatre support worker.

Cherelle said: “It’s an amazing feeling! I still can’t believe I’ve won an award. My girls are so proud of me, which means the world.”

She grew up in Birmingham and faced multiple challenges in life including witnessing domestic abuse.

When she was 14, Cherelle attended college and completed several courses and by the age of 20, had her first child. At 27 years-old, Cherelle had four children and a single parent.

It was at this point that Cherelle wanted to concentrate on starting her career, showing her daughters that with hard work anything is possible, even without GCSE’s.

Cherelle always had a desire to help people and dreamed of being a nurse.

Earlier this year Cherelle scooped the Homesense Young Achiever Award for England.

Michael Munnelly, president of TK Maxx and Homesense said: “A huge congratulations to Cherelle, a truly deserving winner of this year’s Young Achiever award. She is an inspiration and demonstrates the power of never giving up.”



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