The second annual Prince’s Trust fundraising event at Beverley Minster has raised £30,000 to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people in East Yorkshire.

Building upon the success of last year’s inaugural Humber Futures gala dinner, 150 guests raised money through donations and a fundraising auction.

Guests were treated to a three course dinner and enjoyed entertainment from host, comic Jon Culshaw, as well as performances from the six-strong Voices Beyond Gospel choir (managed by Tosin Akindele) and musician Sam Harrison; both of whom received support in launching their businesses through The Trust’s Enterprise programme.

Alongside live performances, Young Ambassador Andy Whitton shared his experiences of The Prince’s Trust. Mr Whitton struggled with anxiety issues before The Trust enabled him to make his first step on the job ladder. He said:

Before the Job Centre put me in touch with The Trust, I struggled to maintain permanent work and suffered from anxiety. I was apprehensive about going on the programme but during the course I met some great people and felt it gave me the chance to shine and show off skills I had kept hidden for a long time.

“Today, things are really looking up for me. I am much happier and more confident, and I’m glad to have made my first career steps."

Paul Rose, Chairman of The Prince’s Trust Development Committee in Yorkshire and the Humber said:

“Without the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors, the local community and everyone who attended the gala, our work would not be possible. I speak on behalf of everyone at The Prince’s Trust when offering my extreme gratitude and appreciation for all support offered at this event.”

The founder and CEO of chief sponsor MKM Building Supplies, David Kilburn, said:

Humber Futures celebrates the achievements and hard work The Prince’s Trust does all year round. We are delighted to contribute to such an important cause that brings about real change within the local community.

Guests had the chance to bid on a range of luxury items, including jewellery, a luxury trip to New York, and a home dining experience from Cerutti’s who catered for the event. Many local businesses supported the event through donations of prizes or bringing a table of guests.

The Humber Futures event was once again sponsored by MKM Building Supplies, national communications and IT services provider KCOM Group, and the WA Horncastle Charitable Settlement. The event runs in addition to The Prince’s Trust Yorkshire Fashion Dinner which takes place every year with funds going to support The Trust’s ongoing work helping young people in the community.