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PUBLISHED: 18:12 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2010

A DANCER who was left disabled after he was shot in the neck has been awarded for his work with violent teenagers. Choreographer Ricky McCalla, 26, from Bromley, was awarded the Prince s Trust Young Achiever Award, yesterday at ITV s Pride of Britain s A

A DANCER who was left disabled after he was shot in the neck has been awarded for his work with violent teenagers.

Choreographer Ricky McCalla, 26, from Bromley, was awarded the Prince's Trust Young Achiever Award, yesterday at ITV's Pride of Britain's Awards.

Mr McCalla, who has worked with Ashanti and Mis-Teeq, was shot in the neck during a car jacking and left partially disabled.

But when he found out the person that shot him was a young person he became inspired to make a difference to troubled teenagers.

Three months after the shooting, with the help of the Prince's Trust, he created a music training project.

Now more than 300 young people have completed the course since it began in 2006.

He said: "When I found out the guy who'd shot me was young, that sealed it. It felt like a sign showing me this was the right thing to do.


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