Gracie Wright from Beccles gets prize presented by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw at The Prince’s Trust awards with Ant and Dec

Gracie West with Andy Gray from Natwest and Nick Grimshaw

Gracie West with Andy Gray from Natwest and Nick Grimshaw - Credit: Holly Wren Photography

A Beccles writer who was left with a severe brain injury after being involved in a near-fatal accident as has been honoured with a national royal award.

Gracie Wright, 31, was named runner up in the NatWest Enterprise Award at The Prince's Trust and TK Maxx Celebrate Success Awards.

The red carpet ceremony was hosted by Ant and Dec at the Palladium in London on Wednesday evening, and Ms Wright received the award by radio presenter Nick Grimshaw.

She was one of just three people across the UK to be nominated for the award after she won at the East of England ceremony a few months ago.

Ms Wright said: 'It's been so much fun. I was really bubbly on the way to the awards ceremony and I am really honoured just to have been a part of the event.


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'I'm really excited for the future of my business, and I hope my books can inspire more children to follow their dreams.'

Ms Wright experienced post-trauma amnesia after being hit by a car at the age of 11, and had to build back her memories, re-establishing relationships and learn to read and write again.

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She was bullied and suffered with depression.

Later she began working as a nanny where she found she was helping children and families overcome issues which she understood so well and she began writing children's picture books.

Ms Wright said: 'The Prince's Trust was a net which caught me before I was able to fall into a destructive mind-set.

'It gave me the confidence to go on at a point when I had hit a wall. When The Trust stepped in and I had new hope and freedom to share my ideas with professionals and move forward.'

Also awarded in the region was Bradley Bebbington, 20, from Norwich, who was runner up in the Delta Airlines Rising Star award.

The Prince's Trust & TK Maxx Celebrate Success Awards, now in their 13th year, recognise disadvantaged young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, homelessness, depression and unemployment.

Do you have any Beccles news? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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