A FORMER Barnstaple drug addict and ex-offender who now devotes his time to helping others has been honoured at an Oscar-style ceremony in London. Chris Saunders, 31, took to the stage with Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the Prince of Wales in fron

A FORMER Barnstaple drug addict and ex-offender who now devotes his time to helping others has been honoured at an Oscar-style ceremony in London.Chris Saunders, 31, took to the stage with Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the Prince of Wales in front of a 1,500-strong crowd at Leicester Square Odeon after a short film about his achievements was shown. A finalist in The Prince's Trust & RBS Celebrate Success Awards, Chris used to spend £300 a day on drugs and had 169 convictions.After turning his life around against all odds, he is now the programme manager of the Ovis Farm Project rehabilitation centre, at Bratton Fleming.During his own stay in rehab, Chris expressed an interest in setting up his own business as an odd job man. He was supported by the Prince's Trust, which helped him with a start-up low-interest business loan and ongoing mentoring support. He is currently making a DVD of his life story to offer as a warning to young people who are at risk of getting involved with drugs, and also as an inspiration to those who feel escape is impossible. He said: "Without the Prince's Trust I wouldn't be in the position I'm in now. "When they stepped in and put that faith in me I realised I could do something." Set up by the Prince of Wales in 1976, The Prince's Trust has helped more than 575,000 young people and needs to raise £1m a week to continue this support. Gwyneth Paltrow: "I am a great admirer of The Prince of Wales. The work he has done through his charity to help young people is quite remarkable.