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 liner 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.
This year is a very special milestone as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our partnership and we are now just weeks away from reaching a staggering £2million. 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 – and launched our partnership.
Leaving no stone unturned, Cunard has created the most innovate ways to fundraise for The Prince’s Trust, engaging crew on board, teams at Carnival House, Cunard’s Head Office in Southampton, and guests across the world to support our work.
Activities have included the auction of the Nautical Chart at the end of every voyage which signed by the captain has raised thousands for The Trust. As well as the Ship Visit programme has welcomed thousands of visitors over the years with proceeds being donated to The Trust.
To celebrate our special partnership anniversary Cunard's annual bear which is exclusively sold on board, was named after our founder. Charles the bear has also been the inspiration behind Charles’ Grand Adventure, a beautiful picture children's book designed by Cunard’s talented Million Makers team to raise more money to support young people.
Cunard has opened its doors to young people, giving them the opportunity to learn about all the different areas that the luxury cruise sector has to offer.
From supporting young people to develop skills in customer relations through a Get into Customer Service programme, to delivering special World of Work tours on board its famous Queens hosted by the crew and members of the senior management team.
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 that are currently be auctioned with all the proceeds going to supporting our cause.
10 years working in partnership, over 2,000 young people helped and about to reach the £2million milestone. We are so grateful for everyone who has got behind our work and can’t wait for the next stage of our journey!
Nick Stace, CEO of The Prince’s Trust, said: