Thursday, 28 November 2013

Cunard Hits £1million Target For Prince's Trust

Cunard has succeeded in raising its target of £1million for The Prince’s Trust – an achievement that will be celebrated in style on board their ship Queen Victoria at a special lunch in Southampton tomorrow (Nov 29).

It is fitting that the celebrations take place on Queen Victoria as it was when HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by HRH The Prince of Wales, named the vessel in 2007 that the company launched its association with The Trust.

In less than six years, £1m has been raised and its work to turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. The Trust gives young people practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills, confidence and motivation. It works with 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

Various fund-raising activities have taken place both aboard the three ships of Cunard and ashore.

On the ships, these have included the auctioning of the nautical map at the end of each voyage, generous guest donations and a proportion of funds raised at special dinners for World Cruise passengers being assigned to the Trust

Shoreside activities have included the donation of Cunard cruises for auction at high-profile Prince’s Trust events; setting up contributions from Cunard’s Ship Visit Programme; arranging dedicated Prince’s Trust voyages and events; organising an annual ‘Week for the Trust’ fund-raising drive in the company’s Southampton offices and participating in “Palace to Palace” sponsored bike rides.

Angus Struthers, Cunard’s Marketing Director, said: “For the last six years, we have been delighted to work with The Prince's Trust and raising our first £1m to support the outstanding work it does is something everyone at Cunard can be rightly proud of. We look forward to continuing our work with the charity for many years to come.”

Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, added: “With youth unemployment still affecting hundreds of thousands of young people in the UK, it has never been more important to support those who are furthest from finding work. I would like to thank Cunard for their commitment and enthusiasm which has helped us to get many young lives back on track.”

More info: See the Prince's Trust on this link or call 0800 842842.

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