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Lee proves he is a true success story

Lee proves he is a true success story
A National Star learner has won a national honour at the HSBC Young Enterprise Awards.

Lee Grimes has come a long way since joining National Star as a Skills for Work learner.

‘When Lee first arrived at National Star he was the most shy, quiet and nervous person I had ever met, partly from his experience of being badly bullied in his previous mainstream school,’ said James Garrod, Enterprise Developer at National Star.

‘He wore a hoodie at all times with the hood up to cover his face. He wouldn’t speak to anyone on his course and would not join in any activities.’

Lee accepted the national Sir John Moores’ Special Achievement Award from television presenter Steph McGovern. He then spoke in front of almost 500 people.

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said: ‘Lee captivated myself and the whole audience with his eloquent and inspiring acceptance speech – Lee fully deserves this award.’

Lee, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, now has two paid part-time jobs, something he never imagined would be possible.

‘All my life I thought that I had a disability and who in their right mind would hire me. I always used to put myself down,’ said Lee. ‘Now I think I can be independent and have my own life.’

Find out more

To find out more about National Star’s Skills for Work and supported internship programmes contact the Admissions team at or on 01242 534928.

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