A WOMAN who set up her own business after a tragic childhood has received a national award from Prince Charles.

Jazmin Lee, 27, from Brighton, overcame a difficult start in life to set up her own successful company and helped to redefine the plus size fashion industry.

She has scooped the prestigious NatWest Enterprise Award at The Palladium in London.

The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx and Homesense Awards recognise young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local 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 ten 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: “Winning the NatWest Enterprise Award from the Prince’s Trust is an absolute honour for me.

“I am so proud of the work I have done thus far and for the Trust to recognise me for it is extremely humbling.

“Thank you so much to all the amazing volunteers and staff at the Trust, and to my wonderful mentor Mary, whose unwavering support has been life changing.”

Gordon Merrylees from NatWest’s Enterprise division said: “Despite facing significant challenges growing up, Jazmin’s courage and determination have seen her turn her creativity and love of fashion into a thriving business.

“Jazmin’s passion for making plus size fashion fun, colourful and accessible is admirable and she is a deserving winner.”

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