Major Tim Peake, who will be the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station in December, has become an ambassador for youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
Mr Peake, who was born in Chichester and went to Chichester High School for Boys, announced his new role during a press conference organised by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency at the Science Museum in London this morning (November 6).
Today was Mr Peake’s last visit to the UK before his six-month stint on the station, beginning on December 15 when he leaves Earth on a Russian Soyuz rocket.
Mr Peake said: “As a young child, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
“But it was just a distant dream at that age, and it evolved into a strong passion for flying, which I was fortunate enough to pursue in my career.
“Since then, with fantastic support from others, the right opportunities, and a lot of hard work, I now find myself on the brink of achieving my early dreams.
“But I know I am one of the lucky ones.
“Thousands of disadvantaged young people in the UK need even more support from us to get the chance to follow their dreams and fulfil their potential.
“That’s why I’m proud to announce my support and Ambassadorship of The Prince’s Trust.
“They’re an amazing organisation that helps young people succeed in life no matter their background.
“The young people helped by the trust face innumerable challenges and difficulties in their daily lives, and so it’s all the more important that they get the opportunity and support to develop their abilities and realise their talents.
“The work of The Prince’s Trust really helps to change young lives, and I hope that their programmes set an inspiring example world-wide.”
His ambassadorship will help highlight the work The Prince’s Trust is doing to help young people acquire STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, which are more in demand than ever in the work place.
Richard Chadwick, director at The Prince’s Trust, added: “We are extremely proud Tim has chosen to support The Prince’s Trust as one of our Ambassadors.
“He is a remarkable role model and an inspiration for all the young people we help through our different programmes, in particular those involving STEM skills.
“We look forward to working with Tim and wish him every success in his mission to the International Space Station.”
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