Top artists raise £74k for The Prince’s Trust

More than 35 top artists have helped raise £74k for youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

Two watercolour illustrations from Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park went up for auction at the ‘Evening of Art’ last night, alongside work from household names such as Sir Peter Blake, Rob Ryan, Quentin Blake and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint. Some of the pieces were created especially for the event being hosted by The Prince’s Trust.

The auction took place at the Assembly Rooms in Bath and was conducted by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and www.the-saleroom.com.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly towards supporting disadvantaged young people through Prince’s Trust schemes, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job. More than three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work or training.

Michelle Moran, Head of Fundraising for The Prince’s Trust in the South West, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have received from prestigious artists across the UK to make our first art auction a success.

She added: “The money raised at the auction will help change thousands of young lives at a time when young people need our support more than ever.

Prince’s Trust supporters Coutts & Co, Smith & Williamson, Withy King, Reside Bath and Knight Frank all sponsored the auction, ensuring that proceeds from the auction go directly to help young people.

Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It works with 13-to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince’s Trust needs to raise almost £1 a week to continue its vital work.

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Notes to editors

Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13-to-30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training. In April 2011, Fairbridge became part of The Prince’s Trust. The new united organisation will help 50,000 young people this year

For more press information please contact Kate Waters on 0207 543 1249 or email kate.waters@princes-trust.org.uk

For further auction information please contact Mary McCarthy, Director, Urban and Contemporary Art

Dreweatts on 077663 66620 or email mmccarthy@dnfa.com

The Prince's Trust - 08 December 2011