Sheffield entrepreneur to attend Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey

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A 23-year-old enterpreneur has been invited to attend the annual Commonwealth Observance.

Adam Bradford, who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, will attend this year’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey at 3.15pm tomorrow, Monday March 14.

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth will be at the service, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Service this year takes the theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth,’ emphasising the Commonwealth’s strength in working together to achieve progress.

Adam will attend in his role as a Queen’s Young Leader. He is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who will receive this special award from Her Majesty The Queen in June in recognition of his work helping others in the UK.

Adam, from Sheffield, said: “It is a real honour to be able to represent the Commonwealth’s future young people and my generation.

“In my role I think it is important to break the stereotypes which come with having a diagnosis of something like autism.

“I hope my story really does prove that you can achieve exceptional things no matter what your background.”

Since starting up his own business in the city aged just 13, Adam has gone on to mentor other young people across the UK and further afield. Next week he will also be travelling to Colombia to attend a global conference on entrepreneurship alongside 52 other countries’ representatives.

The Commonwealth Service is Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering, held on the second Monday in March and organised with the Royal Commonwealth Society. Among the 2,000-strong congregation will be more than 1,000 children from schools and youth groups. Attendance is strictly by invitation.