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Duke of Cambridge honours young people at 2018 Centrepoint Awards


HRH The Duke of Cambridge celebrated the achievements of homeless young people at The Centrepoint Awards at Kensington Palace on Thursday 8 February 2018. Now in its third year, The 2018 Centrepoint Awards was supported by The Co-operative Bank.

The Duke, Centrepoint’s patron since 2005, recognised the success of seven young people who have been helped by the charity. Centrepoint provides homeless 16-25 year-olds with support to find work and tackle physical and mental health problems, in addition to a safe place to stay.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellows also attended the Awards, which was once again hosted by Centrepoint Ambassador Jonathan Ross.

Lord Fellows, Emilia Clarke and Jonathan Ross on the red carpet

The Centrepoint Awards celebrates the courage shown by young people in turning around their lives after experiencing homelessness. The Co-operative Bank was inspired to give its support to this year’s event after working with Centrepoint in Manchester.

Liam Coleman, the Bank’s Chief Executive said: “The Co-operative Bank is proud to support the 2018 Centrepoint Awards. With values and ethics at the heart of our business, we have a history of standing up for causes that matter most to our customers. Over the past year, together with our customers and colleagues, we’ve raised over £450,000 to support Centrepoint’s efforts in tackling youth homelessness through the UK. It’s a privilege to witness and celebrate the stories of these incredible young people and see the invaluable impact Centrepoint is making on their lives.’

Centrepoint award winners with Jonathan Ross

The winners – recognised for their success in areas such as Education, Sport and Personal Development – were selected by a panel of the charity’s staff members.

Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 homeless young people each year, directly in London, Manchester, Sunderland and Yorkshire, and through partner charities across the UK.

Seyi Obakin, CEO of Centrepoint, said: “The extraordinary young people nominated for this year’s Centrepoint Awards are a compelling reminder of what can be achieved in spite of homelessness and all the barriers it presents. Whether through university, apprenticeships or moving on to a home of their own, they have each made huge strides forward and I’m incredibly proud of all of them.

“We want the same success for every young person but we’re facing a youth homelessness crisis in this country. It’s more important than ever that Centrepoint is able to intervene early and decisively to give some of the most vulnerable in our society the support to turn their lives around.”

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