Alex Chalk MP joined TV presenter and Prince’s Trust Ambassador Carol Vorderman MBE at the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust. The youth charity has supported more than 825,000 young people into work, education or training since 1976, including 276 in Gloucestershire in the last year.
More than 100 guests attended the parliamentary reception, with Lord Blunkett and Matthew Hancock MP leading a discussion about the challenges faced by young people in the last 40 years and the most pressing issues for 2016.
During the event, Carol Vorderman, who has been a supporter of The Trust for 20 years, spoke about her experience as a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and how important it is to give young people the confidence they need to fulfil their potential. Vorderman remarked: “As an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I have met so many inspiring young people who have overcome extremely difficult circumstances to find their dream job or set up in business. It’s truly incredible to think that the charity has made a difference to more than 825,000 young lives – not to mention their families and communities too.”
Speaking after the event, Alex commented, “The Prince’s Trust has made an incredible difference to the lives of young people across the UK in the last 40 years, including in Gloucestershire, giving hundreds of thousands the chance to achieve their potential. I am proud to support such a worthy cause”.
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust was set up by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people get their lives on track. The charity has supported more than 825,000 young people in the last 40 years supports 100 more each day.