Jamie Cullum gave a thrilling performance at our ever-popular annual Red Dinner event last week. The event raised more than £200,000 to help change young lives.

The event has raised vital funds that will help us in our 40th anniversary year. This year the Red Dinner was supported by the Bristol office of wealth management firm LGT Vestra, alongside Bristol Sport.

Guests arrived at the venue and were greeted with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a four-course meal and headline performance by Prince’s Trust Ambassador Jamie Cullum.

Jamie Cullum said:

It was a real privilege to be part of this fantastic fundraising initiative. As a friend of The Prince’s Trust, I have met a number of inspiring young people who have had a very challenging start to their life but have since been helped by The Trust to make positive changes.

"The money raised last night will go a long way to helping The Trust to support even more young lives. To think that over 825,000 young people have already been helped is remarkable and long may it continue.”

It is estimated that around 50,000 young people aged 16-24 in the South West are unemployed. Last year The Trust worked with over 3,000 disadvantaged young people in the South West region. In the past five years the annual Red Dinner has raised a total of over £450,000, which goes towards Prince’s Trust’s programmes, helping young people in the South West get into work, training or education.

Andrew Davies, who heads up the LGT Vestra office in Bristol, said:

I know from my years of volunteering for The Prince’s Trust that the charity does invaluable work supporting young people and changing their lives for the better.

"It is a pleasure to be able to support that work through our sponsorship of the Red Dinner. We are also delighted to announce that we have chosen The Prince’s Trust as our charity partner for 2016/17.”

A grand auction was held and guests had the opportunity to bid for a selection of prizes, including: an unusual ruby, donated by George Pragnell fine jewelers, which raised £34,000; a one-of-a-kind, custom-made Aardman Animations sculpture; a Transatlantic Cruise from Cunard; and a personalised ‘Happy Birthday’ video from Jamie Cullum.

Our next fundraising dinner, the Leeds Anniversary Fashion Dinner, is coming up in November.

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