By: Renee Grant
Rod Stewart was so moved by the story of a domestic abuse survivor that he donated $13,000 to her company.
Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster, attended the Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night.
Katie Walker, the recipient of the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever award, opened her beauty salon, Bella Mode Hair and Beauty, as a way to offer other victims of domestic violence a safe space to share their stories and to be pampered. Walker was overcome with emotion when Stewart told her of the donation.
“I am very proud to be British tonight, I tell you. Isn’t it wonderful?” he said. “And in saying that, I would like to donate $13,000 to your business to keep it going and up and running.”
Penny also shared kind words for Katie and her using her own survival story to help others. After an incredibly brutal beating by Walker’s boyfriend in which every bone in her face was broken, she was supported by The Prince’s Trust as she opened her salon.
“Rod and I have been ambassadors for many years, and you are exactly why the Prince’s Trust set up the awards,” Penny said. “You are a true inspiration, and your voice has echoed across to so many women that need to have that opportunity to say, to express their troubles, and I honor you tonight and thank you very much.”