Adam Morter from Norwich is ready to go the extra mile for the Prince’s Trust - a charity that helped change his life
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It is just a few short years since Adam Morter found himself homeless and out-of-work, after a difficult childhood surrounded by violence and emotional pain.
The 25-year-old, who grew up in Sprowston and now lives in Norwich city centre, said it was a desperate time in his life.
Mr Morter said: 'This difficult time where I suffered from bullying at school about my sexuality and injury from my alcoholic brother, meant I left school with barely any GCSEs, despite being an A-grade student when I started secondary education.
'I found myself homeless and jobless after a difficult childhood surrounded by violence living with an alcoholic relative and later coming out to family.
'I was feeling hopeless and didn't know where to turn.'
But Mr Morter's life changed one day when he found out about a 'Get into Retail' course run by the Prince's Trust - a charity which helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
He said: 'They supported me to find stable housing. The trust then helped me to build my confidence, improve my qualifications and skills for work, so I could support myself.'
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The course led to permanent retail role at Marks and Spencer, and over the next few years he worked his way up to become a service champion for exemplary customer service.
Mr Morter hit further tough times when two grandparents died last year.
He said: 'Their loss hit me hard. I had to leave my job, and suffered a real knock back in my confidence again.
'All through this time the trust has continued to support me, and I'm now feeling in a more positive place and now represent the trust as a young ambassador.'
He now splits his time between work at Waitrose and Byron Burger in Norwich and London-based social enterprise Leaders Unlocked, helping other young people.
And to thanks the charity, Mr Morter is getting ready to take part in a 45-mile ride 'Palace to Palace' cycle, sponsored by Capita, from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle on Sunday.
He said: 'I'm nervous but excited - I've never done anything like this before.'
n To donate to Mr Morter's appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adam-morter