Darren Baker and other leading figures from the art world raised vital funds at an inspiring auction event in London on Thursday 29th September to support our work.

The event, which was held at the Darren Baker Art Gallery on Charlotte Street, helped to mark our 40th anniversary and saw nine rare pieces from globally recognised artists auctioned to support the youth charity’s ongoing work.

Darren’s passion for The Trust started in 2000 when he was struggling to make ends meet and didn’t know where to turn for help. He took part in our Enterprise programme, and was loaned £1,500 to kick start him on his journey as an artist.

Darren said:

Being able to bring together so many leading artists and unite for a cause that is so close to my heart is incredible. Without The Trust things could have been very different for me. At the time I was living at home and didn’t have a lot of money and my confidence was knocked. I wanted to be an artist but found it so hard to make a name for myself.

Since receiving support from The Prince’s Trust, Darren Baker’s celebrated talent has led to Royal commissions from Her Majesty The Queen. His paintings of Prince’s Trust Founder and President HRH The Prince of Wales are on display at St James’s Palace.

The Prince’s Trust’s support was life changing. Not only did it help me buy materials and market myself but it gave me renewed confidence and started me on the journey to get to where I am today. The money raised will enable more young people, who were in a similar place to me to realise their dreams.

Prince’s Trust Ambassador and actress Samantha Bond hosted the evening.

She said:

I’m delighted to have supported this wonderful evening of art to help continue the good work of The Prince’s Trust. I’m always delighted to play my part supporting The Trust. So many young people just need a helping hand in life but often have no one to turn to. The Trust offers genuine hope and practical support to enable vulnerable youngsters to turn their lives around for the better.

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