A young Sheffield entrepreneur has visited Buckingham Palace to receive his Queen’s Young Leader Award.
Adam Bradford, of Mosborough, launched his ‘Look Past The Label’ campaign in the city three years ago, to help raise public awareness of Autism.
Adam, aged 23, was diagnosed with Asberger Syndrome when he was 11 and his personal determination not to let his condition hold him back motivated him to help those living with Autism to do the same.
His work, which has seen him to mentor over 1,000 young people through a variety of organisations, led to the award, which was presented by Her Majesty the Queen recently, as part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. The programme celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
Adam said: “I am honoured to be rewarded for helping others and I hope young people worldwide will feel inspired by all the Queen’s Young Leaders. Collecting my award from the Queen was such a special moment. She took the time to ask me about my work, and encouraged us to keep going. I was also congratulated by Prince Harry who has been a great supporter of us all, and stressed the importance of continuing to lead the way for other young people.
“Lots of special people turned out to celebrate, including David Beckham, Sir Lenny Henry, the secretary general of the commonwealth and Philip Schofield, making for a truly unforgettable day. I would like to congratulate the other winners, and thank everyone who has supported me on my journey, including those I have worked with along the way.”