Luton stars in Prince’s Trust

Prince's Trust award nominee Nyaradzo Manzira

Prince's Trust award nominee Nyaradzo Manzira

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A posse of young people have been nominated for Royal awards after turning their lives around with help from youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

They include a group of 16 youngsters – in line for the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Community Impact Award – who made a powerful 20-minute film about knife crime as well as Nyaradzo Joyce Manzira of Biscot and Bramingham lad Fraser Essam, who is autistic.

Nyaradzo, 21, is up for the London Luton Airport Flying Start award which recognises young people who are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme, in spite of substantial personal obstacles.

Fraser, 21, has been nominated for the HSBC Breakthrough Award which salutes the progress of those who develop new skills to enable them to cope with the challenges facing them.

Nyaradzo took a Get Into Airports course. She said: “I learned so many skills that I find really useful every day. It wasn’t just about getting a job either – they were life lessons I will never forget.”

> The winners will be announced next week.