His Royal Highness attends ‘Invest in Futures’ gala dinner
Famous faces and City high fliers came together with HRH The Prince of Wales at The Prince's Trust annual Invest in Futures gala dinner on the 4th February raising £2 million to help them 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 the Prince's Trust 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:
"For some young people it's a close run thing between success being made possible by The Prince's Trust or going to jail. It's vital."
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 their 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."
"It is not just a one off, The Trust is there to mentor them, advise them and support them. Their despair is turned into hope."
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 the 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 £17.5m for the charity, giving tens of thousands of disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence they need to move into work or training.
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