Business leaders and philanthropists across the South West helped raise £150,000 for The Prince’s Trust in one night at the charity’s biggest regional fundraising event earlier this month.
The seventh annual Red Dinner took place at Bristol Aerospace and all the money raised will go directly towards helping unemployed young people across the South West get into work, training or education.
More than 450 guests from across the region attended the black tie dinner, which has now raised more than £800,000 since it started.
Heather Frankham, founder of Origin Workspace one of the event’s supporting partners, said: “It was wonderful to see how generous people can be when it comes to providing opportunities for the talent of tomorrow, who may not have had the best start in life.
“Now more than ever we need to prioritise investment in young people as they are the engine room of the future. Their enthusiasm and skills should be nurtured and developed, no matter what their background.
“The Princes Trust provide a great avenue to support those wanting to put something back into our community through their work with young people.”
Rozzy Amos, Prince’s Trust South of England Director, said: “The evening was a great success and we are immensely grateful to the South West community in attendance who showed such generosity.
“The Young Ambassadors who told their stories were an inspiration and a credit to themselves. It is truly wonderful to see the response to their stories of bravery and transformation. The money raised will go a very long way in supporting vulnerable young people in the South West.”