A Somalian who fled after his father and brother disappeared when he was just 10 has been recognised for rebuilding his life in Isleworth.
Mohamed Adan spoke little English when he arrived in the country to live with his sister, having left his war-torn home nation fearing for his life.
But after struggling to find work here he was helped by The Prince's Trust and, now 26, he is working as a hotel concierge and studying social science at Birkbeck University.
He was presented with the HP Flying Start award at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, for overcoming his childhood trauma to succeed against the odds.
"I knew that if I stayed in Somalia I'd either be taken hostage or killed," he said.
"I went to a refugee camp in Kenya but was sent back and walked on my own from Somalia to Ethiopia so I could travel to England, where my sister lived. It was somewhere safe for me to go."
Mohamed arrived in England in 2012 and after learning about The Prince's Trust at the Jobcentre he went on two of the charity's programmes: Get Started in Football, and Get into Hospitality.
The latter course gave him the skills needed to secure a job as a concierge at Holiday Inn London Heathrow, where he was recently voted the hotel group's UK and Ireland employee of the year.
"I don't know what I would have done without The Prince's Tryst. They gave me an opportunity when no one else would. Now I've got a job, I can help myself and my family. I think my future is very bright now," said Mohamed, who is now a young ambassador for the organisation and plans to pursue a career in international development.
Bethany Alexander, of Feltham, was also honoured at the awards ceremony, held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, in London, on November 5, where she was a runner-up in the HSBC Breakthrough category.
The 19-year-old has chronic fatigue syndrome, which leaves her exhausted and suffering excruciating muscle pain.
The crippling condition meant she rarely attended school and when she did she was bullied. She became depressed, starting self-harming and tried to take her own life.
But things started looking up after she learned about Team, a Prince's Trust scheme run in partnership with Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, which helps unemployed youths into work.
Team gave Bethany a new support network and helped her develop new ways of coping with her condition, giving her the confidence to travel to work placements on her own and secure a marketing apprenticeship at XPD.
"Team reaffirmed my faith in in human kindness and helped me cope with my condition. It took the strain off my family and helped me take the positive steps towards a future I didn’t think I had," she said.
"My sleep, mind and diet improved because of what I was doing on Team, and that worked wonders on my physical health.
"The Prince’s Trust helped me realise I’m not worthless; it showed me that I can do whatever I want in life; my health problems will no longer hold me back."