An entrepreneur with type 1 diabetes who turned his life around has received a prestigious award.
Kyle Chivers, 23, from Berrynarbor in Devo, was presented with the NatWest Enterprise Award by Prince Charles at The Prince’s Trust ceremony held earlier this week in London.
The award is given to disadvantaged young people who succeed against the odds, improve their chances for success and have a positive impact in their local communury.
Mr Chivers was recognised for overcoming his struggle with type 1 diabetes following his diagnosis during his GCSE years.
Speaking to the North Devon Gazette, the 23-year-old said: “I don’t think you can ever get used to the treatment, it completely invades your life. I found it gruelling and debilitating.
“Despite that, I sat my GCSEs and A Levels, and focused on making a career for myself in digital animation.”
Through support from The Prince’s Trust, Kyle decided to set up his own animatio, video and virtual reality company.
“I now have contracts with holiday and events companies, I am working on a revolutionary biometric video camera project, and I’m leading a regional tech consortium into large scale bids for STEM contracts. Best of all, I’m contributing to the global economy and that makes me very happy.”
The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx and Homesense Awards national final is an annual event, attended by a star studded cast. This year famous faces included Ant and Dec, Olivia Colema, Melanie Chisholm, Thierry Henry and Fearne Cotton.
Singer Melanie Chisholm, also known as Mel C or Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls, has her own connection with type 1 diabetes. Her half-brother Paul O’Neill is a racing driver with type 1 diabetes.
The Prince’s Trust, founded in 1976 by the prince himself, is a charity that helps young people aged 11-30 get jobs and receive education and training.

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