Sunderland man helps X Factor judge Cheryl launch £2m charity campaign

STAR SUPPORT: Sean Pearson with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

STAR SUPPORT: Sean Pearson with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

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SUNDERLAND man Sean Pearson has teamed-up with pop star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to help her launch a new £2million charity campaign.

The X Factor judge was in the North East to get behind a fund-raising drive for The Prince’s Trust, which wants to build a new centre to help up to 4,000 vulnerable young people transform their lives.

Sean, 26, told Cheryl about his own past, which saw him battle depression and be left jobless for six years, after being made redundant from his joinery apprenticeship.

His life turned around after he took part in Make Your Mark – a training and mentoring programme for unemployed young people, which is run in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust and Marks & Spencer – and was offered a job as a customer assistant by the store.

He is now employed by The Prince’s Trust as a job ambassador, helping other disadvantaged young people in the North East.

Sean said: “The collaboration between Cheryl’s Trust and The Prince’s Trust is sure to help young people overcome unemployment, homelessness and other issues they may be facing.”

The new centre will boast a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub.