Famous faces and City high fliers came together with HRH The Prince of Wales at our annual Invest in Futures gala dinner last night raising £2 million to help us continue transforming young lives.
Supported by Goldman Sachs, the glittering affair - which raised £2 million, including an anonymous donation of £500,000 - took place at Old Billingsgate and was attended by a host of celebrities and the City community to raise vital funds to help us support disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around.
Jerry Hall, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and David Haye donned their best attire, along with Joanna Lumley OBE and Hugh Dennis, who hosted the event. They also introduced pop princess Kylie for an exclusive performance, before getting the auction action underway.
Actor Damian Lewis said:
Naomi Harris, Luke Evans, Fearne Cotton, Boris Becker, Geri Horner, Tinie Tempah, Kelly Hoppen MBE, Jon Culshaw and Philip Schofield also joined in the festivities, ramping up the glamour stakes to raise awareness of our work in our 40th year.
Host Joanna Lumley said: "I have seen the massive difference The Trust makes. I've talked to the young people and the confidence it gives them.
But the real star of the night was Young Ambassador, Laura Tombs, who shared her powerful story of how she spiralled into depression and mental health problems, and how our Team programme helped her to take back control of her own life and work towards her goals.
Now in its 11th year, the Invest in Futures dinners and auctions have raised more than £19.5m for our charity, giving tens of thousands of disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence they need to move into work or training.
To Goldman Sachs, our celebrity and corporate supporters and everyone who attended last night, you really are helping us to change even more lives. Thank you!