Prince Charles was surrounded by celebrities at the annual Invest in Futures fundraising event on Thursday in London.
Celebrities hobnobbed with the Prince of Wales at the Savoy Hotel on 9 February for the dinner and auction, including Dame Joan Collins, Damien Lewis, Jeremy Irons, and Joely Richardson.
According to The Prince’s Trust’s website, some of the auction lots were tennis at Buckingham Palace, a meet and greet with Sir Elton John and Phil Collins, and tea at the Ritz with Dominic West.
The event was hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Helen McCrory, and Pixie Lott and Jamie Cullum performed for the guests.
Invest in Futures is the main fundraising event for The Prince’s Trust, and is held every February to raise funds to help disadvantaged young people find jobs, training, or education.
The event was first held in 2005 and has since raised almost £21 million for 20,000 young people.
The Prince’s Trust website notes that Invest in Futures 2017 raised £1.5 million for disadvantaged youth.
The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 by the Prince of Wales and has supported over 825,000 young people across the United Kingdom in its 40-year history.
“We struck me was that young people weren’t being given the opportunities quickly enough,” says the Prince of Wales on The Prince’s Trust website.
“No one was putting the trust in them they needed.”
The Trust helps young people between the ages of 13 and 30 and currently operates under seven main programmes, with some local and pilot programmes as well.
In 2016, the Trust celebrated its 40th anniversary, and a special television show was commissioned by television presenters Ant and Dec, When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of The Prince’s Trust, that featured interviews with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry.