One of our biggest partners doesn’t just support us on land – they’re also busy raising money for us at sea!
Our partnership with luxury cruise line and Platinum Patron of The Trust is certainly one of a kind. On land and at sea, Cunard has shown huge dedication to supporting young people.
Our journey began in December 2007 when HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, named Queen Victoria – Cunard’s latest ship at the time – in Southampton launching also our partnership.
Over the past 12 years, Cunard has raised a phenomenal £2.3million to change young lives, supporting over 2,500 young people.
Leaving no stone unturned, Cunard has created the most innovative ways to fundraise for The Prince’s Trust, engaging crew on board, teams at Carnival House (their head office in Southampton) and their guests across the world to support and spread the word about our work. For example, Cunard auction the Nautical Chart, signed by the captain, at the end of every voyage. On top of that Cunard's official Ship Visit programme has welcome thousands of visitors over the years.
Cunard held the most spectacular celebrations to commemorate our £2million milestone and, for the 10th anniversary of our partnership, their annual bear was named after our founder. 'Charles the bear' was available exclusively on board and was the inspiration behind Charles' Grand Adventure, a beautiful children's picture book designed by the talented Cunard Million Makers team.
In addition to their spectacular fundraising, Cunard have developed ground-breaking employability workshops on board and in Carnival House which empower young people with the skills and confidence to enter the travel industry, raise aspirations and open up the wide range of careers from hospitality and customer service to engineering and beyond. Nathan took part in one of these brilliant workshops and is now working in his dream career in travel - read more about his inspiring journey.
We were thrilled when Portsmouth Team 107 won a Prince’s Trust Award in the Community Impact category. As part of their project the group upcycled a set of deckchairs from Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 and proceeds were donated to The Trust.
Cunard worked with us to create the first ever Prince's Trust Christmas Concert, helping us build our Prince's Trust Community Choir and have also hosted two very special Gala events.
A huge thank you to everyone at Cunard for all your work on our exciting partnership - together we are able to support more young people and enable them to change their lives for the better.
Nick Stace, CEO of The Prince’s Trust, said:
Cunard will welcome a fourth ship in 2022.
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