A YOUNG carer has turned her life of loneliness around to represent the Fylde coast in a prestigious royal awards ceremony.
Bethany Evans, 15, of Thornton, had a bad time at school after being victimised by bullies, and spent all her time caring for her family.
Her brother, who is wheelchair-bound, has learning difficulties and problems with his breathing, and she also occasionally cares for her mother and an older brother, who requires frequent visits to hospital.
But, determined to make a change for herself, Bethany joined the McKee’s Prince’s Trust xl club where she focussed on her education and was the first on the course to complete her BTEC course work in all subjects.
She is now at college studying health and social care.
She said: “For the first time I feel I am in control of my own life. The Prince’s Trust has given me the confidence to work independently and regain my trust in others.”
Bethany is one of just three people in the country to be nominated for the Novae Insurance Educational Achiever of the Year Award at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.
The Oscars-style ceremony on March 26 is hosted by Ant and Dec, and recognises the achievements of young people supported by The Trust who have succeeded against the odds and had a positive impact on their local community.