A VOLUNTEER has received Royal recognition for transforming his life and inspiring young people to become community campaigners.
Daniel Astbury won the BAE Systems Young Ambassador of the year award at the Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards on Tuesday night.
His win puts him through to the national finals, which will be held next year.
Daniel, of Park Road, Blackpool, set up a campaign against gang activity after hearing harrowing tales of the growth of gang activity in his hometown while volunteering with the Prince’s Trust
He said: “I was hearing that young people were starting to get involved in post code gangs, and some people were being stopped and asked what post code they were from.
“I’ve lived in Blackpool all my life and I’ve never heard of this, so I wanted to put a stop to it before it really started.”
Daniel, 23, put together an anti-gang crime campaign, and visited schools and colleges around Blackpool and Preston to talk about the issue.
At the same time, Daniel was teaching the pupils media, design and photography skills as part of his social enterprise project, NW Baseline, and helping them to create their own campaigns.
It is because of this work he was made an ambassador for young people for the Princes Trust.
A highlight of his time with the trust was meeting Home Secretary Teresa May, and speaking to policy changers in Westminster about his work.
He added: “I’ve met some amazing people, some famous people, and seen some amazing stuff that I wouldn’t have seen without the Prince’s Trust.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that I’ve won this award. The Prince’s Trust was the first organisation to believe in me. It turned my life around and I couldn’t be happier.
“I now have a great business and a bright future.”
BAE Systems UK’s Richard Hamer, said: “Being named the winner of the BAE Systems Young Ambassador of the Year Award is a tremendous achievement. Daniel has managed to turn his life around and should be very proud of how much he is now inspiring others with his story.”