A mum-of-two whose children were removed from her care has thanked a charity for helping her change her life.
Kerry Murphy, 25, lived in a hostel and turned to drugs and alcohol to numb her pain.
She became angry and erratic, and was alienated from her family.
Kerry, from Chorley, said: “I was at a complete dead end and I just couldn’t get myself out of it. I had nobody and nothing and didn’t know where to turn.”
But her life changed when members of The Prince’s Trust visited the hostel to talk about its Team Programme, a 12-week personal development course which gives unemployed young people the skills and confidence to find work.
She said: “The Prince’s Trust gave me the chance to try something completely new. They believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.”
Away from her day-to-day problems, Kerry’s confidence grew and she stepped out of her comfort zones to climb gorges, fund-raise and attend her first job interview.
During a work placement with charity Help The Homeless, Kerry also developed a strong desire to pursue a career helping others.
She was offered a position as a volunteer housing advisor and she enrolled on a college course to help further her career.
Kerry has also been reunited with her children and has the prospect of a new family home on the horizon.
And she has now been named as runner-up for a prestigious award.
She was one of three people from across the North West shortlisted for the HSBC Breakthrough Award at The Prince’s Trust And Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, held at The Comedy Store in Manchester.
The award recognises the progress of young people who have developed new skills to enable them to make positive steps in facing their challenges and stabilising their lives.
Kerry said: “I’m thrilled to be named runner-up for this award. The Prince’s Trust has helped me so much. A huge thank you to everyone who supported me.”