Double success for Sheffield duo

Andy Gibbon was named winner for the KCOM Group Young Ambassador of the Year Award.
Andy Gibbon was named winner for the KCOM Group Young Ambassador of the Year Award.
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Two young Sheffield people who turned their lives around thanks to help from The Prince’s Trust have won prestigious awards at the charity’s night of the year.

Claire Bradwell, aged 29, won the RBS Enterprise Award and Andy Gibbon, 26, scooped the KCOM Group Young Ambassador of the Year Award after the ceremony held in Leeds.

Claire Bradwell, with Faith Douglas of RBS, was named winner for the RBS Enterprise Award.

Claire Bradwell, with Faith Douglas of RBS, was named winner for the RBS Enterprise Award.

It was the 10th anniversary of the awards, which recognise the achievements of young people across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Claire’s category recognises young people who have overcome serious difficulties in order to achieve success in creating a business.

She was devastated when, aged 17, she was told she couldn’t have children.

Five years later she gave birth to twins, but was also diagnosed with cancer.

The following year Claire had her third child, a daughter, who was born with hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation in the hip joint which requires an operation to correct it and a cast to immobilise the hip as it heals.

It was during her recuperation that Claire was inspired to design a chair to give comfort and security to children while in a hip cast.

Inspired by the shape of a jelly bean, the Hip-Rocker is a specially designed rocking chair with table that allows children to sit upright to be fed and entertained.

Claire joined Enterprise – a Prince’s Trust programme which helps young people start up in business – and her design has since enjoyed international success.

Andy was named a winner for his work as a Young Ambassador for the Trust.

With a partner he has a business Star Strikers which provides football coaching to children in Sheffield with many going on to be taken on by Chesterfield FC and the girls’ centre of excellence.

Andy said: “Since getting in touch with The Trust and setting up my own business, I have never looked back.

“I’m so grateful for the help, trust and support they gave me.

“They were with me all the way.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that I’ve won this award.

“The Prince’s Trust put their trust in me when no one else would.”