Prince Charles attends Harewood House,fundraising event
PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 August 2013
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Prince Charles attends a reception at Harewood House, Leeds, which raised £200,000 for the Prince's Trust
Supporters of the Prince’s Trust were greeted by Prince Charles during a fundraiser at Harewood House, near Leeds. Richard Jackson, chairman of the Prince’s Trust Development Committee in Yorkshire and the Humber said they were very fortunate to have the continued support of patrons and supporters in the region who were as committed to helping young people as the trust was. ‘I am delighted that we have been able to come together and raise more than £200,000 to help more young people transform their lives,’ he added.
Among the guests was Ruby Macintosh, 26, from Wakefield. She was out of work for long periods of time but today she is a recording artist working on her first album thanks to support from the trust’s enterprise programme. ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have been able to thank Prince Charles personally,’ said Ruby.
‘Without help from his charity, who knows where I would be today. Now I have been able to break out of the cycle of unemployment that I was in and follow a career in singing. There are so many others out there like me who just need that bit of support to change their lives and the funds raised this evening will go a long way to helping them achieve that.’
A Prince’s Trust Job Ambassador Jimmy Gregory, 29, from Leed suffers with cystic fibrosis which means he occasionally has long periods in hospital. He has struggled to find work but with help from the trust’s enterprise programme he has been able to set up his own successful graphic design agency and support himself doing something that he is passionate about. In his role as ambassador Jimmy goes out into communities to help unemployed young people find work.
‘The Prince’s Trust helped me when I thought that my career and life were in tatters and now I am giving something back helping many more young people transform their lives,’ said Jimmy. ‘Speaking to Prince Charles and patrons and supporters of the trust was a huge honour and I hope my story has demonstrated just what young people can achieve with the right support.’
Jonathan Townsend, regional director for the Prince’s Trust in the North of England, added: ‘This event comes at a time when more than one in five (23 per cent) of young people in Yorkshire and the Humber are struggling to find employment. An incredible amount has been raised this evening which will go directly towards giving them the skills and confidence they need to find a job and fulfil their potential.’
Guests heard performances from Doncaster-born soprano singer Lesley Garrett as well as Ruby Macintosh, during the Laurent-Perrier champagne reception and three-course meal prepared by the Ilkley-based Michelin-star Box Tree Restaurant.