After the London riots has come the clean up. Whilst he didn’t actually pick up a dustpan and broom, Prince Charles has pulled out his chequebook to help out. His charity, The Prince’s Trust has invested £2.5 million into the areas worst affected by the disturbances.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, says: “These tragic events have left communities torn apart. Many young people are now very vulnerable. It is these young people we need to protect from the devastating aftermath of the riots.”
The Prince’s Trust was set up in 1976 by the Prince in response to social unrest and high levels of youth unemployment. Its famous business start-up programme provides disadvantaged young people with positive opportunities to keep their lives on track.
Young people like 26-year-old Laura Rennis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and is a mother of twins, is thrilled to be one of the aspiring entrepreneurs chosen for a grant. She is opening up her own holistic therapy business thanks to a help from the Prince’s Trust. She met with Prince Charles in Hackney, East London recently and was able to thank him in person.
Being unemployed made Laura feel depressed and frustrated with her life. She said: “Every day was exactly the same. I was stuck in a rut and I started to feel like I had no purpose.” Like many unemployed young people, Laura suffered from anxiety and insomnia, and was often awake all night worrying. She said: “I worried that my life would always be like this. Every night I went to bed knowing that the next day would be exactly the same.”With nothing to do during the day and nowhere to go, Laura started to feel increasingly isolated. She said: “I was at home alone for most of the day and I felt like I was missing out because all my friends were at school or work.”
However, Laura was determined to turn her life around. Thanks to the Prince’s trust she is well on the way to setting up her own business which will help her and her community. Today, Laura is a confident, inspiring and motivated young woman. She said: “I am so proud of all that I have achieved. The Prince’s Trust gave me the support and advice I needed to make something of my life. Now, I feel like I can do anything.”