On Tuesday, Cunard and The Prince’s Trust have celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their partnership on board Queen Victoria in Southampton. 

The ten year milestone has seen Cunard raise £2million for The Prince’s Trust, and the occasion was marked in Southampton dock with Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, TV presenter Nicki Chapman and impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw, attending the champagne reception.  

The partnership between Cunard and the national youth charity began when HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, named Queen Victoria and launched the partnership between Cunard and The Trust. 

Tara Leathers, Director of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust said:

Cunard’s tireless support and enthusiasm over the past ten years has been incredibly important to us. As a result of the funds raised we have been able to help young people to develop the skills and experience they need in order to move into work, education or training.

Since the launch, Cunard has worked tirelessly to raise funds for The Trust, auctioning items from the re-mastered Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria ships, hosting star-studded events, and cycling from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. Cunard has also opened their doors to disadvantaged young people in the local community, supporting them to learn about the travel sector and employability skills.

Michelle Brown, 24 from Southampton is a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, and spoke at the anniversary event last night. She said: “I would like to say a huge thank you again to Cunard, for all their support and fundraising for The Prince’s Trust. I enjoyed the chance to join them on-board Queen Victoria last night, and to tell them how The Prince’s Trust changes young people’s lives.” 

Tara Leathers, Director of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust said: “Tuesday’s event on board Queen Victoria marked a significant milestone in our partnership with Cunard. Their passion to raise money and inspire guests, crew and colleagues across the world to support The Prince’s Trust has ensured they raised £2 million to help us reach more young people.”