Award for girl who turned her life around

Lucy McCarthy with her award.
Lucy McCarthy with her award.

A TEENAGER who has turned her life around with the help of youth charity The Prince’s Trust has picked up a top award.

Lucy McCarthy, 16, from Lynemouth, was named winner of the Teesside University Educational Achiever Award at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

Lucy was struggling in school and was on the verge of being excluded as her anger issues escalated and she began to take out her frustrations on staff and other students.

Her attendance started to drop and her school work began to suffer.

Difficulties at home meant she had lost contact with her father and her relationship with her mother was going downhill.

Lucy was referred to The Prince’s Trust xl club, a scheme providing an alternative curriculum for young people at risk of exclusion from school.

She gradually started to build up trust in other people and supported other students.

She gained more control over her emotions and got qualifications in maths and English, something she had only dreamed about the year before. Now back in mainstream education, she is currently working hard towards her GCSEs next summer.

Lucy said: “I’m so excited to win this award. I can’t believe how far I’ve come.

“My experiences at the xl club really brought home the effect my behaviour has on people. Because of the support I received from The Prince’s Trust, I have a future that I am really looking forward to.”

Mark White, of Teesside University, said: “She is a shining example of going the extra mile to overcome barriers and achieve her educational goals.”