2016 marks the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust. ITV will produce a documentary following English comedy and TV presenting duo Ant and Dec as they spend time with Prince Charles and follow the organisation’s journey since The Prince of Wales founded it in 1976.
As the long term ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust, they will join The Prince and attend relevant engagements. Thus becoming more involved in the work The Trust does to champion for at-risk young people in the UK.
“We are hugely excited to be working with HRH The Prince of Wales on our first project of this kind,” said Ant and Dec. “We’ve worked with The Prince’s Trust for years and know what an incredible job they do of supporting young people right across the UK. This is a unique opportunity for us to get under the skin of a great organisation and its founder, to pose the questions we’ve always wanted to ask and to see the achievements of the young people celebrated.”
Ant and Dec will get a close view of The Prince’s work as they visit programmes and Prince’s Trust Centres. It is here they will gain an insider perspective at the endeavours made to assist 13 through 30-year-olds the Trust seeks to support. The duo will learn about the individuals who are part of the programme, their backgrounds and the many challenges the face from mental health issues to homelessness.
“I have had the great pleasure of meeting them on many occasions over the last fifteen years, as avid and generous supporters of The Prince’s Trust, taking time out from their extremely busy schedules to support and inspire those young people who come to us in disadvantaged and difficult situations,” Charles commented on the comedic duo.
The Prince continued: “As role models, they have led by example, showing a work ethic and a dedication that I know is appreciated by, and encouraging to, the many courageous young men and women who come to my Trust seeking guidance in trying to make a better life for themselves and in turn, in some cases, their families and communities.”
“The Prince’s Trust has made positive changes to generations of vulnerable young people since its inception and we’re really excited that Ant and Dec are going to be highlighting the work we do to mark this milestone in our history,” Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince‘s Trust commented.
The Prince’s Trust has funded well over an estimated 500,000 projects and programmes involving young people in the past 39 years.
The Trust has a broad range of programmes that inspire young people to hold themselves accountable and assists them in creating the life they choose instead of the one currently are living.
In 2013-2014, The Trust helped over 58,804 young people. During that same year, 5,460 young people received cash awards to help acquire meaningful employment.
Filming for the series begins early in 2015. The 90-minute special will then air on ITV in early 2016, to coincide with The Prince’s Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary.