Royal welcome for Sheffield students

Two Sheffield students have been recognised at Buckingham Palace for their work with human trafficking survivors.

International business studies student Bethan Rimmington, and economics student Ellie Morrissey, met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to help launch an international award for young leaders.

The Queen’s Young Leaders award aims to identify and celebrate young people making a difference in their communities.

Bethan, aged 23, and Ellie, 19, were invited to the palace because of their work for Enactus Sheffield, a student-run company that aims to benefit societies locally and internationally.

Bethan said: “We had the honour of meeting Prince William and speaking to him about our project and human trafficking.

“He said he and Kate are supportive of anti-trafficking efforts and congratulated us on what we are doing.”

While studying at Sheffield University, the pair have been leading Hope, a project which supports survivors of human trafficking and abuse.

The venture gives them a chance to experience making, marketing and selling jewellery from three safe houses in Sheffield.