Award-winning entrepreneur Duane Jackson has donated £100,000 to The Prince’s Trust – the charity that helped him turn his life around after leaving prison.
HRH The Prince of Wales announced the donation at The Trust’s annual Invest in Futures gala dinner which took place at The Savoy.
Duane was a guest at the event alongside Prince’s Trust supporters Joanna Lumley OBE, Rob Brydon MBE, Jerry Hall, Tom Hardy and Tinie Tempah.
Duane’s personal donation to The Trust followed the sale of his business KashFlow, which provides accounting software for small businesses.
At the age of 14, Duane was living in a children’s home in East London. After being suspended from school he spent his time learning how to programme computers. He moved from job to job in the IT industry before finding himself unemployed at the age of 19. With his peers involved in criminal activities, Duane got involved in a bid to earn some money quickly. This led to him spending two and a half years in prison.
While in prison, Duane taught basic IT skills to other inmates and on his release, decided to try and start up his own business. The Prince’s Trust supported Duane with a low-interest loan and a mentor and he went on to set up KashFlow.
Duane Jackson said: "Making this donation to The Prince’s Trust means the world to me.
"The Trust saw past all of that and helped me to see that I could be a success. I am delighted to be able to support the amazing work they continue to do with young people up and down the country.”
The funds will enable The Trust to continue to provide support to disadvantaged young people across the UK. Three in four young people helped by the charity move into work, education or training.
Martina Milburn CBE, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: