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Mexborough woman Leanne is honoured after telling her story

Leanne Blakey (Left) aged 21, from Mexborough, has become a Young Ambassador for Prince's Trust and goes behind the scenes of TV talent show final
Leanne Blakey (Left) aged 21, from Mexborough, has become a Young Ambassador for Prince's Trust and goes behind the scenes of TV talent show final

A Mexborough woman, who turned her life around after suffering mental health, homelessness and other problems, has become a young ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

Leanne Blakey aged 21, became an ambassador after hailing the impact a 12 week Prince’s Trust Team Programme had on her confidence, skills and employment chances.

She told her inspirational story at a fundraising event, prompting a kind-hearted guest to gift their auction prize of a trip to The Voice final in London to Leanne and her friend.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Prince’s Trust team leader, John Daley, said: “At the final presentation Leanne reduced the entire audience to tears when addressing them and giving the reasons she came on the programme – how she was suffering with mental health issues due to multiple traumatic life events that happened between the ages of 14 to 19. She talked about her past and she told the audience how the programme had given her the strength to talk about her past and face it.

“The first time I met Leanne she was quiet and very reserved. We immediately knew we needed her on our programme and that there was something there that needed to be brought out.” For more information on the courses or to sign up send to princestrust@syfire.gov.uk email address.