Monica, who helps unemployed youngsters into business, rubbed shoulders with HRH The Prince of Wales and a host of celebrities after scooping the award for her tireless efforts. She was presented her award by Golden Globe winning actor Jeremy Irons.
“It was an enormous honour to receive the award, and I see it as a reflection not only of what I’ve contributed to the Trust in a number of ways as a volunteer, but is also a reflection of what the very energetic, passionate and talented group of over 180 Capgemini volunteers have achieved, and continue to achieve, for the Prince’s Trust in the last two years, led by some key colleagues, and with some great staff at the Prince’s Trust. The results and changes in people’s lives really do make the investment of that personal time and energy worthwhile.”
Monica Wilson, Capgemini UK’s Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility lead
The Celebrate Success Awards celebrate the achievements of disadvantaged young people – supported by The Prince’s Trust – who have succeeded against the odds and improved their chances in life.
Monica has been passionately involved with The Prince’s Trust for over seven years. As a business mentor, she has provided support and guidance to three young people whilst they start up their own businesses. Monica has also been a driver and catalyst within Capgemini to raise awareness, enthusiasm and commitment at all levels.
To date over 180Â CapgeminiÂ employees including some very key individuals, have used their skills and supported the Trust, undertaking pro-bono work and mentoring, as well as fundraising Â£362,000. Monica has used her skillsÂ with other colleagues to help The Prince’s Trust boost The Trust’s Technology Leadership Group funding to over Â£1 million in 2006.
Rosemary Watt Wyness, from The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are delighted that Monica has won this award. She is one of thousands who give their time to help young people and we hope she inspires others to offer their time and skills.”
T4 presenter and Trust ambassador June Sarpong MBE hosted the national awards at the packed auditorium at London’s Barbican Centre. More than 1,600 people attended the ceremony, including Trust ambassadors Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Jerry Hall, Dame Kelly Holmes, Tess Daly and Vernon Kaye, Jeremy Irons and Thandie Newton.
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