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Charity night in aid of Princes Trust
Fri, 18 Mar 2016, 19:00 – Sat, 19 Mar 2016, 01:00 GMT
John Lardner is raising funds for the Princes Trust, running in the 2016 London Marathon, John is also arranging a Charity night to raise funds.
The Prince's Trust aims to work with young people from four priority target groups. These are the long-term unemployed, people who have been in trouble with the law, people who are in difficulty at school, and people who have been in care. These young people are considered by the Prince's Trust as being "disadvantaged". A small number of people who are employed also go on some Prince’s Trust courses. Known as the employed participants scheme, it is used as a learning and development opportunity (to develop the employee's skills), as additional support to the programme's young people (the employed participants act as additional mentors or support to young people) and as a fundraising initiative (as the employer pays a training fee for their staff member to attend)
Charles, Prince of Wales, founded The Prince's Trust and is now its president, a figurehead position with no legal responsibility. The Prince's Trust Council are the trustees of the charity and are legally responsible for management, administration and deciding policy.
Charles Dunstone was appointed Chairman of the Prince's Trust Council in July 2009 following the departure of Fred Goodwin who had been Chair from July 2003. It was announced that Sir Fred was going to cease to be chairman of the Prince's Trust Council when his term of office came to an end, although he was said to still have the support of the Prince of Wales. The end of his chairmanship was marked by lunch with the Prince of Wales at Clarence House.
Martina Milburn, the chief executive of the trust, has said of Sir Fred ".. in terms of his role at the Prince's Trust he has done an outstanding job", but according to other people, over the time of Sir Fred's chairmanship, the trust has "become absurdly safe and, arguably, lost sight of its founding philosophy and principles".
Charles Dunstone has been a major fundraiser for the Prince's Trust and as a result is one of its Enterprise Fellows. He has been a member of the Prince's Trust council since 2000.
Under Charles Dunstone The Council was restructured in 2010, with a large reduction in the number of Trustees from 12 to 6. The Prince's Trust does not make public the basis on which appointments to Council are made. The Council now consists of Peter Cruddas, Patrick Passley, Heather Hancock, Michael Marks CBE and Lloyd Dorfman CBE. Like Charles Dunstone, Peter Cruddas is an Enterprise Fellow of the Prince's Trust which means that they are large donors, with Peter Cruddas having recently given £1.5 million.