Fashion event raises more than £100k for young unemployed

The Prince's Trust and Lexus Leeds 40th Anniversary Fashion Dinner - Picture date Thursday 17 November, 2016 (Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, West Yorkshire) Photo credit should read: Jonathan Pow/ REF : POW_161117_210852

Pictured is BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent


BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent has hosted The Prince’s Trust and Lexus Leeds 40th Anniversary Fashion Dinner raising more than £100,000 for the UK’s leading youth charity and its work supporting disadvantaged young people.  

The sold out event which took place at the iconic Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire remains one of the region’s largest fundraisers for The Trust, raising more than £400,000 since it began seven years ago. All funds go towards supporting unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence they need to move into work, education or training. 

The evening, supported by Lexus Leeds and Vantage Motor Group, featured a unique opportunity to view an exclusive collection from acclaimed designer Amanda Wakeley and a chance to bid on a private shopping experience in the designer’s Mayfair boutique. Ogden of Harrogate also donated an exclusive £6,000 Yorkshire Rose 31-diamond pendant to the evening’s Diamond Draw. 

As well as the runway show, guests at the 40th Anniversary Fashion Dinner were also treated to a champagne reception and an auction of luxury goods and experiences including VIP tickets to the X Factor Live Final, a luxury holiday to the Four Seasons Resort in Mauritius and a tour of BBC Breakfast with host Sally Nugent. 

Guests also heard from Dominic Loftus, 17, a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust who shared his experiences with the audience describing how, with help from The Trust he managed to turn his life around. 

Sally Nugent said: “It’s been an honour to host this event, particularly in light of The Trust’s very special 40th year. It was wonderful to see so many guests taking part to raise funds supporting the youth charity continue its vital work across the region.” 

Mark Robinson, managing director of Vantage Motor Group, said: “Through our partnership we’ve witnessed first-hand just how meaningful the work of The Prince’s Trust can be in supporting young people create a better future for themselves. As a group we are very proud to be able to support that work including by sponsoring such fundraising events as this one.”

Each year the youth charity supports around 4,000 young people across Yorkshire and the Humber alone, with three in four of those young people moving into work, education or training, helping to build their self-esteem and break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.  

The Prince’s Trust has supported 825,000 young people in the last 40 years and this year it will support over 100 more each day.


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