Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome aged 9, Alex faced many challenges both physically and mentally. He was dismissed as a ‘naughty child’ by teachers and moved between several different schools. On a break from formal schooling, Alex started his own business selling hanging baskets, donating any tips to charity.
He has since raised more than £7,000 for various charities and became an ambassador at his school to support other students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Drawing from his own experiences, Alex helped fellow pupils to feel calmer and develop coping strategies for getting through the school day. Alex has spoken at autism-themed conferences to share his own challenges growing up, and inspire other young people with autism.
Alex is described as someone who will ‘always go above and beyond to help others’, evident in his participation in two youth panels over the last three years. Through one of the youth panels, Alex has helped distribute £30,000 to different organisations and services within the Gwent community.