One of our biggest partners doesn’t just support us on land – they’re also busy raising money for us at sea. Cunard Line is one of our Platinum Patrons and part of an exclusive group of our most dedicated supporters.
Having already raised £1 million to support our work, Cunard has now committed to raising a further £1 million by 2018 to help vulnerable young people across the UK to turn their lives around.
Our relationship with Cunard began in December 2007, with the launch of their newest ship, Queen Victoria named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in the presence of our own President, HRH The Prince of Wales. Since then Cunard has:
- Raised £1 million in six years
- Involved office staff, crew and passengers in volunteering events, fundraising activities, work placements, and dedicated cruises to spread the word of The Prince’s Trust across the world and raise much-needed funds
- Delivered two Get into Customer Services programmes in their offices and offered work placements to more than 20 young people
One of the most popular fundraising activities on board is the auction of the Nautical Chart – unique to each voyage and signed by the Captains.
As part of the Cunard Insights Programme, celebrity ambassadors have also joined cruises to champion the cause and share their personal experiences of supporting The Prince’s Trust. Previous ambassadors include Nicholas Owen, journalist, news presenter for the BBC and ITV; classical group Blake; and actor Robert Powell amongst others.
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust, says:
Cunard and Carnival UK employees have consistently shown their enthusiasm for us. They hold annual fundraising months – with cake sales, silent auctions, dress down days, quizzes, activities in the Cunard Memorabilia Shop, games and much more.
They have also taken part in physical challenges such as our Wild Charity Challenge and our Palace to Palace cycle ride, which has now become an annual entry in their calendar of events.
We are also privileged to have ticket allocations to a calendar of exclusive Cunard events and auction items. These have included much sought-after tickets to the naming ceremony of Queen Elizabeth in Southampton, their 175th Anniversary celebrations in 2015, including attendance to Cunard exclusive classical concerts in the Liverpool Cathedral, and a range of exclusive ship visits and events throughout the year.
Angus Struthers, Marketing Director, Cunard, says:
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