A St Annes man has been recognised by a national children’s charity after overcoming personal difficulties to turn his life around.
Patrick Ellerton, 21, was presented with a Star Award by The Children’s Society after winning his battle with drug misuse and depression.
He received his award at The Children’s Society’s annual Over the Rainbow event this month, which recognises the achievements, resilience and determination of children and young people who are involved with the charity.
Patrick came to The Children’s Society’s Care to be Different project in Lancashire, and has worked with project worker Joshua Latham to address his difficult past since first approaching them for help in November last year.
He was described as being very vulnerable at that time.
Patrick said: “I’m very grateful to everyone that nominated me. I will always remember this moment.
“I’ve come a long way and I’m in a much safer place after leaving somewhere where there were a lot of bad influences.”
He is now planning to return to college and hopes to enrol as a trainee a local Children’s Society charity shop.
Mr Latham, who nominated Patrick for his award, said: “Patrick has worked as hard as I have ever seen anyone work to turn his life around.
“He is an inspiration to others and has shown tremendous courage. He should be very proud of himself, this is a perfect recognition for his hard work.”
The awards ceremony was held at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire when 108 young people attended for a day of recreational activities, creative workshops and presentations.
The awards were presented by Val Floy, chief operating officer and Peter Grigg, director of external affairs at The Children’s Society.
The Care to be Different project supports those who have left care, and promotes the welfare of young people by supporting their developmental, emotional and educational needs.