A Berrynarbor man has been presented a national award by HRH the Prince of Wales at a star-studded London ceremony.
Kyle Chivers, 23, received royal recognition for turning his life around at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx and Homesense Awards national final.
Prince Charles presented him with the prestigious NatWest Enterprise Award at the ceremony, held earlier today (Tuesday).
The award was in recognition of Kyle overcoming adversity while still at school.
During his GCSE years he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and struggled to get used to the gruelling treatment required.
Despite this, with support from The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme he was able to set up his own successful animation, video and virtual reality production company – Firethought.
The awards held today at The Palladium were attended by a number of celebrities including Ant & Dec, Olivia Coleman, Bryan Cranston, Melanie Chisholm, Thierry Henry and Fearne Cotton.
They recognise disadvantaged young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community, as well as those who have played a part in supporting the work of the trust.
Kyle said of his diabetes: “I don’t think you can ever get used to the treatment, it completely invades your life. I found it gruelling and debilitating.
“Despite that, I sat my GCSEs and A Levels, and focused on making a career for myself in digital animation, sketching out my business plan on the back of pizza order tickets one summer when I was working at a festival making wood-fired pizzas.
“I’d tried various avenues before The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, and although Enterprise was 60 miles away from home, it was very much worth my while going.
“My business mentor, Ian, helped me carve out a niche. Then - using a Prince’s Trust Will it Work grant - I bought 3D photogrammetry software to help diversify my offering and subsequently secured a contract providing accident scene reconstruction services for a law firm.
“I now have contracts with holiday and events companies, I am working on a revolutionary biometric video camera project, and I’m leading a regional tech consortium into large scale bids for STEM contracts.
“Best of all, I’m contributing to the global economy and that makes me very happy.”