At the age of 17, Jake Holland was homeless and facing a bleak future. Just two years later, Jake has turned his life around and has won a major award.
Jake, who lives in the West End of Morecambe, scooped the Artistic Youth Award at the Celebrate Youth ceremony, held each year to recognise young people in Lancashire who have made a difference.
Held at Park Hall in Charnock Richard, the ceremony was organised by Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service. Awards were presented by VIPs and celebrities. As well as completing many education and training courses over the past two years, including the Princes Trust Volunteers Scheme, Jake (pictured, receiving his award from Interim Executive Director for Children and Young People Louise Taylor and actress Lisa Coleman) has shown promise as a beat boxer.