AT 17 Veronica Noonan was homeless and penniless but with help from the Prince’s Trust she is now a successful entrepreneur.
Veronica, 25, had already passed her basic plumbing exams but was unable to find an apprenticeship to complete her training.
With a £2,500 loan from the Prince’s Trust she set up Sugar-Plumb Solutions, an all-women plumbing firm which is popular with the elderly and vulnerable. The firm has increased its turnover nearly every month since its formation.
Veronica, from Ossett, near Wakefield, said: “My life has changed dramatically since getting involved with the Prince’s Trust, I am now a proud business owner and every day brings new possibilities. I have confidence in my abilities and my self-belief has grown immensely.”
She is one of thousands of disadvantaged young people from across Yorkshire who have been helped by the Prince’s Trust which, in 2010, benefited from the Yorkshire Post’s Christmas appeal, which raised £25,000.
Last year the Prince’s Trust supported more than 4,800 young people across the region, with three in four getting jobs, accessing training or returning to education.
Andy Farley, for the Prince’s Trust in the North, said: “The 2009 recession affected some of Yorkshire’s most vulnerable youngsters, with the repercussions still being felt by many today. During a time of great need for our young people, it was vital that the support was available to help them get back on their feet.
“Thanks to the Yorkshire Post’s Christmas campaign, we were able to support some of the region’s hardest to reach young people, helping them to get their lives back on track.
“More than one in five young people living in Yorkshire are currently struggling to find work. By partnering with organisations like the Yorkshire Post, the Prince’s Trust can tackle youth unemployment and change more young lives across our region.”