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The Duke of Cambridge to honour homeless young people at Centrepoint Awards

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The Duke of Cambridge to honour homeless young people at Centrepoint Awards

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

The Duke, Centrepoint’s patron since 2005, will recognise the success of seven young people who have been helped by 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 Fellowes will attend the Awards, which will once again be hosted by Centrepoint Ambassador Jonathon Ross.

The Centrepoint Awards celebrate the courage shown by young people in turning their lives around 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, Chief Executive of The Co-operative Bank 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.”

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. The individual awards are supported by organisations including Chopard, The Reuben Foundation and The Yanis Christoudolu Foundation.

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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