“It’s just a bit of dust in my eye” – at the Prince’s Trust Samsung Celebrate Success Awards

Thursday 17th March

We recently had the opportunity to walk the red carpet at this year’s Prince’s Trust Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at the London Palladium! Marking the 40th anniversary of the trust, the event honoured some truly incredible young people who have overcome unbelievable circumstances to thrive and succeed. We felt honoured to be there, and in the presence of such determined and courageous young people.

Working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust since 2014 to bring our unique brand of STEM learning into their XL & Fairbridge programmes, you can imagine how excited we were to see our DIY Gamer make a very special cameo in the opening awards monologue! We were also treated to performances by Rita Ora and Dynamo (yes – the magician, who also happens to be a Prince’s Trust Award recipient) as well as a humble and heartfelt speech from HRH Prince of Wales. None of these however, outshone the finalists of day which is a real testament to the teams at The Prince’s Trust who truly kept young people at the heart of the event.

Nominees traveled from far and wide to be there, each of them sharing their stories and proving – one after the other – what can happen when someone believes in you. This was a recurring theme, with almost all finalists acknowledging that above anything, it’s the encouragement the Prince’s Trust staff provide, plus a bit of resilience that is the difference between thriving and giving up. This is something we have really taken away from the event, and is perhaps why we are so proud to call the Prince’s Trust our partner, we have a shared mission to unleash the creativity, passion and potential of young people and believe that each and every one of them regardless of circumstances, has a spark but sometimes they just need a little help in finding it. The sincerity, and often ‘lost for words’ acceptance speeches gave us all little bit of erm, dust in the eye.

A big thanks to Zaichen and Francesca for looking after the Tech Will Save Us team on the day, and for all their hard work at the Prince’s Trust. We look forward to next year, and wish all the nominees, ambassadors and winners the best for 2016.