A HUDDERSFIELD artist who has raised thousands for the Prince’s Trust has scooped a top award.
Darren Baker, 31, won the prestigious St Stephen’s Hull Partnership Innovation Award at the charity’s Celebrate Success ceremony held at The Armouries in Leeds.
The award-winning artist, based in Meltham, set up his own business four years ago with a grant from the Prince’s Trust.
Since then the artist, who specialises in fine artwork, has carved an enviable reputation, establishing himself as an artist within the celebrity industry.
He has produced an impressive portfolio of sports portraits for clubs and personalities alike and has produced images for the likes of David Ginola and Peter Schmeichel.
Despite his hectic work schedule, Darren has remained an enthusiastic supporter of the charity, speaking on its behalf at events and donating paintings to raise funds.
He has raised over £30,000 for the vital work of the charity which helps young people from underprivileged change their lives.
Darren said: “I am thrilled to win this award. Four years ago I dreamed of being an artist but without the Prince’s Trust it would never have happened.
“Supporting them is my way of saying thank you for everything they’ve done for me and helping them create opportunities for the many talented young people who need just one chance to change their lives.”
Darren was among was among the volunteers, young people and partner organisations from across Yorkshire and Humberside honoured in a total of eight categories at the prestigious awards ceremony.
David Laycock, Centre Manager at category sponsors St Stephen’s Hull, said: “Our congratulations go to Darren on winning this award.
“Teamwork and partnership play a vital role in making a difference to young people’s lives in Yorkshire and Humberside, so we are delighted to be sponsoring this award.”
The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards honour the achievements of disadvantaged young people supported by the trust who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
The ceremony also recognised the dedication and inspiration of its volunteers and staff throughout Yorkshire and the Humber who, together, have supported around 3,000 young people in the region over the past year.
The Prince’s Trust works with underprivileged people aged 14 to 30 to give them practical and financial support and help develop their skills, as well as give them confidence and motivation.
Since the charity was founded by the Prince of Wales in 1976, it has helped over 550,000 young people across the UK and continues to support 100 more every day. The Trust needs to raise £1m every week to continue its vital work.