The infamous ‘Lunch with an Old Bag’ returned to Prestonfield House in Edinburgh and raised a staggering £750,000 for young people supported by The Prince’s Trust in Scotland.

A host of stars, Judy Murray, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music and Scottish Ballet became honorary ‘old bags’ and joined 400 of the country’s most fabulous and influential woman in aid of our work.

Now in its eighth year, the event has raised over £2.5M for The Prince’s Trust in Scotland. This year’s funds will directly support thousands of young people who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives.

The ‘Lunch with an Old Bag’ volunteer committee run by a group of self-proclaimed “Old Bags” racked up a selection of impressive auction donations and ‘money can’t buy’ raffle prizes including a Hermes Birkin handbag which sold for £24,000.

 “We are overwhelmed by the total raised this year. It just shows the difference a room full of “Old Bags” can make! Thank you to our extraordinary supporters and volunteer committee for helping The Prince’s Trust transform thousands of young lives.”                                            Fiona Donaldson, Chair of the LWOB Volunteer Committee

Supporter of the charity, Judy Murray, donated two prizes which went for a grand total of £26,000 – an afternoon tea for 10 with the Strictly star at Andy Murray’s luxury 5 star Perthshire hotel and tickets to the Sensational Champions Tour in Glasgow to watch and meet the Wimbledon Champion.

There were numerous exclusive handbags on offer in the ‘fast bag auction’, which included a wide range of designer bags from Birkin, Louboutin and Gucci.              

The event aims to challenge the stereotypes applied to the more mature lady, as well as the unnecessary labelling of young people, who can face negative stereotypes of their own.   

 “The Prince’s Trust has changed my life. They helped me overcome barriers that no one else could understand and gave me the confidence and self-belief to achieve my goals. I’m so excited to be at ‘Lunch with an Old Bag’ – it’s such a fun event but with a really important aim – raising money to help support more young people like me.”                           Zainab Magzoub, 19, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador

For the past eight years, James Thomson OBE has generously hosted this invitation-only lunch event at his five-star venue, Prestonfield.

Local personality, Capital FM presenter and Prince's Trust Ambassador, Des Clarke hosted the main auction and event, with entertainment provided by Bryan Ferry of 70s rock band, Roxy Music.