Top talent gives inspiration to Sunderland children

BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, left,  joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, centre, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy
BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, left, joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, centre, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy
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A trio of inspirational young men have been giving some food for thought to Sunderland pupils.

Former Waterloo Road star Joe Slater, teenage millionaire Dhillan Bhardwaj and influential YouTuber Hussain Manawer, hosted a workshop at St Aidan’s School in Ashbrooke as part of a schools tour.

BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, centre,  joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, left, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, centre, joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, left, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

As part of the tour, they’re aiming to reach more than 10,000 students in a bid to motivate them into following their dreams with their chosen career path.

Joe is most well-known for appearing as Lenny Brown in hit BBC drama Waterloo Road.

After playing the role for two years, this year released his first EP and is set to go to Los Angeles to work with record labels.

He said: “It is very important for us to speak to the younger generation in a language they understand and can relate to.”

BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, centre,  joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, left, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

BBC's Waterloo Road actor Joe Slater, centre, joins entrepreneurs Dhillan Bhardwaj, left, and Hussain Manawer at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

Businessman Dhillan will open his Ratchet clothing store in Newcastle this week.Though he’s only 19, he’s already styled popstar Miley Cyrus and was invited to Downing Street to speak on youth issues.

“I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time, and now with my new shop opening in Newcastle Eldon Square, it is only right that we give back to the local community,” he said.

Considered to be one of the most influential young people in social media, Hussain was on Olympic Torchbearer in 2012. He said: “The students can take a lot away from this, and working with two talented people like Dhillan and Joe is only making this experience even more incredible.”