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Woman shot nine times by UVF gets Royal seal of approval for business

Jemma McGrath (left) with Prince Charles at the Youth Can Do It event in London
Jemma McGrath (left) with Prince Charles at the Youth Can Do It event in London
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

A 29-year-old Belfast woman who was shot nine times by the UVF has showcased her beauty business at a royal reception in London.

Jemma McGrath, who launched her firm #Makeupurlife after completing The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme, met Charles at the Youth Can Do It event.

Jemma was shot six years ago and underwent one of the longest operations ever carried out at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Three months later she started trying to walk again and after getting used to crutches and the pins in her arms, she fine-tuned her make-up skills using social media. She then took a friend's advice by joining Enterprise, a Prince's Trust programme that helps unemployed young people start up a business.

The event celebrated the achievements of people like Jemma who have been helped by the trust's Enterprise programme.

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