Michael Portillo, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Emmie McCulloch, John Marshall from The Prince’s Trust

Michael Portillo, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Emmie McCulloch, John Marshall from The Prince’s Trust

Michael Portillo helps raise £24,000 changing young lives in the North East

Business leaders in the North East have raised more than £24,000 to help unemployed young people in the region find work.

Over 200 guests from the local business community gathered at The Prince’s Trust Business Dinner at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead to raise funds which will go towards helping young people in the region into jobs, training or education.

Diners were addressed over a champagne reception by guest speakers including former cabinet minister Michael Portillo and Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Emmie McCulloch, who with help from The Trust overcame a difficult start in life and now works as a sports therapist.

Michael Portillo said: “The work of The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to realise their full potential. Its support in the North East and across the UK breaks the cycle of poverty and unemployment which afflicts many young people.”

Entertainment was provided by Prince’s Trust supported singer-songwriter Hayley MacKay and the evening was compered by local TV presenter and journalist Kim Inglis.

Guests were treated to an exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ auction, with lots including an overnight stay and three course dinner at Highgrove, a luxury car and a private chef experience.

Thanks to funding from events like the Business Fundraising Dinner, The Prince’s Trust was able to support more than 4,000 young people in the North East last year, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.