£200k raised for Prince's Trust by west businesses

The Prince’s Trust has praised business leaders across the West for contributing to one of the charity’s biggest regional fundraising events.

Jamie CullumThe annual Red Dinner took place at Ashton Gate’s new Lansdown Restaurant on October 6 and raised £200,000 to help unemployed and disadvantaged young people across the region.Nearly 600 business people and other high profile guests from across the region attended the black tie dinner, which was sponsored by LGT Vestra, and was headlined by musician and Prince’s Trust Ambassador Jamie Cullum with BBC presenter Jon Kay hosting.Highlights on the night included a silent auction, prize draws, as well as donations and pledges. A single donation of £34,000 was made for the George Pragnell Ruby and pledges for the 40th Anniversary of the charity, which is taking place this year, totaled £21,500 alone.

Dermot Finch, Prince’s Trust Director in the South West of England, said: “This year’s event was three times as big as our previous Red Dinners. We were delighted to welcome almost 600 guests to Ashton Gate, and the £200,000 total raised was simply amazing.“This wouldn’t be possible without our partners, so a heartfelt thanks goes to LGT Vestra and Bristol Sport for making the event such a success.“Without the support of the business community and the generous fundraisers and attendees at the event we simply couldn’t change as many lives as we do.”

It is through initiatives such as the Red Dinner that The Trust helps young people overcome challenges in their lives. Last year alone the charity helped more than 3,000 disadvantaged young people in the South West region and the £200K will be spent in the coming year on helping even more.

Mike Beesley, chief executive of international recruitment organisation RSG, which is headquartered in Bristol, is chair of the Prince’s Trust South West Development Committee. He said: “The business community in our region has a great heritage of giving back to our most vulnerable people. “It was excellent to see this being brought to bear at such an impressive level during the Red Dinner – and, at the same time, everyone enjoyed a truly memorable evening.”

Andrew Billingham, CEO of Bristol Sport and also vice chair of the South West Development Committee, said: “It was an honour to have one of the first major events in our Lansdown Restaurant create this level of positive impact for our community.“Jamie Cullum’s performance will go down also as being very hard to beat but we are already working on plans to build on this year’s success and bring even more energy and support in 2017.” During the evening, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Amy Rawbone also bravely spoke to the room to talk about how the charity’s work helps people get on their feet.

The money raised from The Prince’s Trust Red Dinner event will be invested into helping disadvantaged young people in the South West get back into work, education or training.
Andrew Davies, who heads up the LGT Vestra office in Bristol, said: “I know from my years of volunteering for The Prince’s Trust that the charity does invaluable work supporting young people and changing their lives for the better. "It is a pleasure to be able to support these efforts through our sponsorship of the Red Dinner. We are also delighted to announce that we have chosen The Prince’s Trust as our charity partner for 2016/17.”






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