Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheryl and the Prince Provide Lifeline; 'I Want to Give More Young People the Chance to Succeed'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheryl and the Prince Provide Lifeline; 'I Want to Give More Young People the Chance to Succeed'

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

SHE'S a pop princess who's joined forces with a real prince to help Tyneside youngsters.

Cheryl Cole visited Newcastle to meet the North East young people who are helped by the Prince's Trust.

And she announced her Cheryl Cole Foundation will fund the trusts's new xl clubs.

The 29-year-old singer came back to her roots to meet Naomi Evans, who has turned her life around thanks to the trust.

Like Cheryl herself, 22-year-old Naomi was born in Heaton, Newcastle, but left school with no qualifications after being expelled.

Despite being in and out of trouble with the police, she managed to complete an apprenticeship in painting and decorating at college. But when she couldn't find work she sunk into depression.

It was only when she saw the Girls Aloud star talking about the Princes Trust that she enrolled on a 12-week programme with them and turned things around.

She has since done more college courses and currently volunteers with a scout group. Naomi said: "If it wasn't for the Prince's Trust, I'd probably be in prison or dead. They offered me a lifeline and I took it. Now I'm in a happier place mentally and looking forward to the next stages in my life."

She added: "I found out about the Prince's Trust after seeing in the news that Cheryl's foundation is raising money for them. She is such an inspiration and it was amazing to meet her.

"She was really interested in my story and I hope the money she is raising helps many more young people in the North East."

Cheryl's foundation will fund Prince's Trust xl clubs, which help pupils like Naomi who are at risk of exclusion and those in danger of leaving school with no qualifications.

Cheryl said: "I've been inspired by all the young people I've met through the Prince's Trust. It was great to meet Naomi and hear her story.

"I have always admired the work of the Prince's Trust and now I want my foundation to support the charity's xl clubs across the North East. …

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