Plaistow man scoops royal award

Footballer Jermain Defoe with flying start award runner up Charlie Pearce and John Ansell from HP

Footballer Jermain Defoe with flying start award runner up Charlie Pearce and John Ansell from HP - Credit: Archant

A man who was homeless but managed to turn his life around was named runner up of a royal award.

Charlie Pearce, from Plaistow, was determined to start over after reaching rock bottom and decided to join Team Newham, a 12-week Prince’s Trust programme run in partnership with Newham College.

The 28-year-old made such a good impression when he volunteered with the group that he was offered a full-time paid position.

He was awarded runner up of the HP Flying Start award in recognition of his hard work at the The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

Team Newham 130 won the Morgan Stanley Community Impact award for the positive contribution its youngsters make.