HRH The Prince of Wales will be at Harewood House in Leeds next week.
He will attend a reception for supporters of The Prince’s Trust on Monday July 22, where Wakefield singer Ruby Macintosh, who is supported by his charity, will perform alongside Britian’s most popular soprano singer, Lesley Garrett CBE.
Jonathan Townsend, regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England, said: “We are delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to Yorkshire and the Humber to meet patrons and supporters of his Trust and some of the many young people it has helped. It is thanks to our loyal supporters that we were able to support over 4,800 disadvantaged young people across the region last year.
“While this will be an enjoyable evening there is a serious note – almost one in four young people in Yorkshire and the Humber are struggling to find employment. The funds raised by this dinner will go directly towards giving them the skills and confidence they need to find a job and get their lives back on track.”
Singer Ruby Macintosh, 26, from Wakefield, is one of the success stories. She was left with no confidence and on rock bottom after long periods of unemployment and fruitless job offers. Today she is fulfilling her dream of becoming a recording artist and is working on her first album thanks to support from The Trust’s Enterprise programme.
Lesley Garrett C.B.E. who will perfomr alongside her, said: “Performing at The Prince’s Trust dinner for HRH The Prince of Wales and helping to raise funds will be a huge honour. The Trust helps some of the most disadvantaged young people in the region and, hailing from Yorkshire myself, I understand just how many challenges young people in the area can face.”
Speaking on the evening will be Job Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Jimmy Gregory, 29, from Leeds, who recently met with HRH The Prince of Wales at St James’s Palace for a celebration reception for the recruitment of 100 Job Ambassadors across the UK. The event was attended by Trust supported magician Dynamo, television’s Carol Vorderman and, musician and judge on BBC 1 show The Voice, Will.i.am.
Mr Gregory suffers with cystic fibrosis, which means that he occasionally has to spend long periods in hospital. Due to his worsening his dream job in graphic design was cut short and he struggled to find work for two years. At his lowest point and suffering with depression, he saw a ray of hope and thanks to The Trust’s Enterprise programme. Mr Gregory was able to set up his own successful graphic design agency and support himself doing something that he was passionate about.