His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended our annual Invest in Futures gala dinner at Kensington Palace Pavilion last night.
The event, which was supported by Alvarium and American Airlines, saw philanthropists and supporters coming together to raise £900,000 for the youth charity, which helps young people who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion to get their lives on track.
Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Rob Brydon MBE, who are both Prince's Trust Ambassadors, the evening featured exclusive performances from Nile Rodgers & CHIC as well as Alexandra Burke. Alongside the entertainment, the audience also heard the inspiring story of Chantelle West, a Young Ambassador who has turned her life around with our support.
Alongside caring for her visually impaired daughter, Chantelle found support on our Enterprise programme. Her business, called Sew Lit, offers bold and unique cushion covers which are made with fabrics sourced from the UK. Opening her business has given her the work life balance she was craving.
Nile Rodgers, who performed with CHIC at the event, said: “The United Kingdom is my home from home and to support The Prince’s Trust and it’s incredible work is something I am delighted and duty bound to do.
"I’ve been lucky to have had so many opportunities in life – things could have been very different if I hadn’t had the right support and encouragement when I needed it most. Doors opened for me, but the reality for many young people is very different. That’s why The Trust’s work is so important.
Now in its 15th year, the Invest in Futures galas have raised more than £24m, giving tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence they need to move into work, training, education or start their own business.
Jonathan Townsend, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust, said: "Many of the young people helped by The Trust face multiple difficulties including unemployment, mental health issues, homelessness and trouble with the law. I would like to thank our guests, Alvarium and American Airlines for the generous support they have shown tonight, which means we can be there to help even more young people develop the skills they need to build a better future for themselves."
Andrew Williams, Co-Chairman and Partner of Alvarium and Chairman of The Prince's Trust New Zealand, said: “The Prince’s Trust offers hope and opportunity to young people who may otherwise believe that their options in life are limited. We are honoured to support this very worthy cause and would like to extend our thanks to everyone who joined us at tonight’s event, which has helped to ensure The Trust can continue to make a difference to young people all over the UK."
Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines, said: