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WATCH: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini surprises young person with Young Achiever of the Year Award

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has surprised a young person at a charity ceremony by presenting him with the Young Achiever of the Year award.

The X Factor judge and pop singer presented Adrian Maddocks with the prize at the North East Prince's Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards last night.

The accolade was in recognition of how he had overcome bullying, special needs and post-traumatic stress disorder to succeed in the retail industry.

Fernandez-Versini said:

The Prince's Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people who have turned their lives around with the help of The Prince's Trust.

I want to congratulate Adrian on winning the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award. He and all the other nominees are a true inspiration to me."

– Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Maddocks, 20, is from Wallsend in North Tyneside - close to Newcastle upon Tyne, where Fernandez-Versini grew up.

Maddocks had faced bullying at primary school, where he was teased for his inability to read or write. He then attended a special needs school and went to college to study retail, but could not keep up and was asked to leave.

During two years of unemployment, he volunteered at a hospital, before joining the Prince's Trust programme Get into Retail. This helped him get a job at Tesco, and he has since been able to move into independent living.

After meeting Fernandez-Versini, Maddocks said: "I am speechless. To win this award and to meet Cheryl has been absolutely amazing."

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Adrian Maddocks and his award Credit: Prince's Trust

Ms Fernandez-Versini said she wanted people to celebrate more north east success stories.

I didn't hesitate when I was asked to come and give an award. I am very proud to be from the North East and helping young people is something that is very close to my heart.

I have been lucky to realise my dreams and I think all young people deserve the chance to succeed, no matter what their background is."

– Cheryl Fernandez-Versini