A BUSINESSWOMAN who lost her mum to cancer when she was seven has won a national award.

Jazmin Lee, 27, from Brighton scooped the London and South East Natwest Enterprise award at The Prince’s Trust Awards.

The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards recognise the achievements of young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life, and had a positive impact on their community.

Jazmin lost her mum to cancer when she was seven and went to live with her grandmother.

She taught her how to sew and it was through her she developed her love of fashion.

She found herself a young carer aged 10 as her grandmother became terminally ill which marked the start of a difficult time in her life.

Despite bullying at school, depression and the loss of her grandmother, she gained qualifications in fashion and decided to set up her own business.

With the help of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, Jazmin established Plus Equals, which aims to redefine what it means to be fashionable and plus size.

She recently saw her designs on the runway at London Queer Fashion Show at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Jazmin said: “It’s incredible to be honoured for something that I am so passionate about.

“It’s not been an easy journey for me but The Prince’s Trust gave me the support and tools I needed to take my love of fashion into a business that works.

“I now own my own fashion label, see my designs on catwalks and am finally living my dream by redefining what it means to be fashionable and plus size.”

Rachel Blackamore, chairman of NatWest’s London and South East Regional Board said: “For 18 years NatWest has worked in partnership with The Prince’s Trust through its Enterprise programme.

“Together we celebrate young people’s entrepreneurial spirit and help turn their ideas into a sustainable business or social enterprise.

“We are proud to sponsor the Enterprise Award and recognise those who have overcome significant challenges in their path to success.

“Jazmin truly deserves this award and we wish her a very bright future.”

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives young people the skills and confidence to live, learn and earn.

Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust nationwide move into work, training or education.