Peebles florist Emma at royal awards event

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A young Peebles mum has been named runner-up at a royal award ceremony in Glasgow.

Inspirational Emma McDonald, 24, was a young mum with few qualifications, struggling financially and grieving for her brother.

Now, Emma has turned her life around to set up a successful business.

On Friday, HRH The Prince of Wales was joined by a host of celebrities at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, which recognised young people from across Scotland and the rest of the UK who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression.

Emma was runner-up in the RBS Enterprise Award, which recognises those young people who have overcome serious difficulties in order to achieve success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise. Her outstanding achievements meant that she was one of just three people from across the UK to be chosen as a finalist for a royal award.

The Oscar-style ceremony, hosted by Ant and Dec, welcomed an array of celebrity guests, including actor Kevin Spacey, X Factor judge Simon Cowell, and Arsenal legend and World Cup winner Thierry Henry, who all came to congratulate the young people on their achievements.

Emma said: “The Prince’s Trust in Scotland gave me the break I needed to turn my business into a success. Stems is now going from strength to strength and I feel extremely proud of everything I have accomplished with the support of the trust.

“I hope to employ a young person who, like me, doesn’t fit into the education system but has a creative side,” she says. “I feel I’ve been given a chance and I want to give that to someone else.”