A teenager who began skipping school after the death of her mother has turned her live around and been crowned an award winner for her achievement.
Sarah Klauber, 16, from Hemel Hempstead, experienced a turbulent home life after her parents separated.
When she was just 11, things came crashing down when Sarah’s mum passed away.
Sarah and her sister were taken in by her dad, but the family struggled to adapt to their new living situation. Sarah’s stress and depression increased, and she began to suffer from alopecia.
The youngster’s school life was soon affected; she struggled at the hands of bullies and became confrontational with staff, and her attendance dropped to 40 per cent.
At the age of 13, Sarah began twice-weekly taster session with The Prince’s Trust xl programme, which she soon began to enjoy.
Her attendance at school rose to 90 per cent and led to her being offered the chance to spend Year 11 at Dacorum Educational Support Centre, where she could be on xl full-time.
Sarah said: “After winning, my heart is racing.
“My experience with The Prince’s Trust really turned my life around and I am very grateful for the support I received.
“I’ve learned to trust other people again and feel as though I have a good future ahead of me.”
After achieving qualifications through the xl programme, Sarah sat all of her exams in the summer and has since started an apprenticeship.
Her plans are to pursue a career in administration and continue with her education.
Total Car Parks Managing Director, Essy Eslamian, said: “Everyone here at Total Car Parks is proud to take part in celebrating Sarah’s achievements, and we would hereby like to congratulate her, and wish her the very best of luck for her future.
“This award just goes to show that, with determination and hard work, anyone can turn their life around.”