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.'
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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