Committee members: Danny Houghton, Philip Skingsley, Sharon Mills (Princes Trust), David Smith and Jason Richardson.
The work of The Prince’s Trust in Lancashire has received a significant boost after the charity received the proceeds from one of the county’s biggest fundraising events.
The Trust has been handed a cheque for £25,000 which was raised though the annual Butterfly Ball, a glittering star-studded event attended by almost 300 people. The cheque was presented to Sharon Mills of The Prince’s Trust by award-winning entrepreneur Suzana Edwards, DL, founder and chair of Butterfly Ball Events.
The money will support a number of Prince’s Trust projects for young people across Lancashire. The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for young people. It offers practical and financial support to young people between the ages of 13-30 who have struggled through childhood or who are long-term unemployed.
Suzana said: “This year’s Butterfly Ball was the most ambitious event ever staged for The Prince’s Trust in Lancashire and it brought people together from across the county in support of the tremendous work the charity does. We are extremely proud to be able to hand over such a significant sum and thankful to all our sponsors and event guests for their generous support.”
The Butterfly Ball was supported by a wide number of businesses from the region, including Max Comms, Keenans Estate Agents, Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Barclays, Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Gregory’s Sound, Bowker Maserati, and numerous other national sponsors.
Each year in Lancashire, The Prince’s Trust helps over 1,400 local young people to develop their confidence, skills, and motivation, enabling them to overcome barriers and turn their lives around to make a better future for themselves. Over 70 per cent of those who turn to The Prince’s Trust for help go into further education or training, enter into employment, or even, with their support, start their own successful businesses.
This year’s Butterfly Ball was held on 21st March at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, in the presence of its Patron, Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, and featured performances from legendary singer Lulu, with supporting acts from Richard and Adam Johnson, and rising starlet Lucy Allen. The night concluded with dancing to The Paul Guard Band. Money was raised through ticket sales for the prestigious event, as well as various raffles and an auction of luxury goods and holidays.