Sports coach Rebecca Marsh was forced to abandon her dream job when she fell victim to swine flu and then ME. But she is fighting her way back to fitness thanks to a new career as a cake maker.
Rebecca launched the English Rose Cake Company with the backing of the Prince’s Trust – and repaid that support by becoming an ambassador for the organisation. Now her dedication has been recognised with a major award.
The 23-year-old, from Chapeltown, was named Young Ambassador of the Year at the regional Celebrate Success Awards in Leeds.
Once too scared to leave her home because of her illness, she has grown in confidence since becoming an ambassador.
Committed to the role, she has spoken in Parliament, delivered speeches up and down the country and inspired numerous youngsters by telling her story.
Rebecca says: “I’m thrilled to have won this award. Taking part in the Enterprise programme and becoming a Young Ambassador pulled me back from the brink. The Prince’s Trust has given me something to aim for and I can see my goals clearly. Now I have a reason to get better.”
Rebecca decided to while away an afternoon making her dad a birthday cake.
“Everyone said how good it was and I was stuck in the house with nothing to do, so I made a few more,” she said.
The cakes proved so popular that she decided to set up her own business. So she read up on baking and decorating techniques, then put her skills into practice.
The Prince’s Trust backed her venture with money for a website, and a mentor to build up her confidence.
Rebecca now has a flourishing business, making everything from wedding cakes to themed sugar work.
Cathy Phillips, of sponsors the KCOM Group, said: “We’d like to congratulate Rebecca. With the support of The Princes Trust, she has turned her life around. She should be very proud of how much she is inspiring others with her story.”