British broadcasting favourite Phillip Schofield has a very special charity message for his fans this Christmas.

“During the festive period, my thoughts often end up turning to those who desperately need our help in the UK,” he says. "As an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust, I’ve met so many young people who have turned their lives around for the better. This year The Trust hopes to reach more than 50,000 young people but in 2012 they expect more than ever to turn to them for help. This is why the work of The Prince’s Trust is more important than ever before.

“This has been such a difficult year for so many people in the UK, including hundreds of thousands of young people. I was shocked to recently read in the papers that we have now hit the highest youth unemployment figures in 19 years. That’s nearly one million young people who are currently out of work in the UK!

“The impact of this is clear. Calls to The Trust’s helpline have doubled in the last six months alone. The Trust knows that it must meet this demand to enable these young people to get the vital skills and confidence they need to get back into work, education and training.

“There are so many young people out there in our communities who still believe that they just cannot succeed in life. And when I speak to them, I can see how easy it is to give up with the many barriers they have faced. We mustn’t give up on them.

“The Prince’s Trust won’t give up. They’re committed to giving support to those young people who need it most. These people are our future so we need to support them.

“A gift this Christmas could make all the difference. Please support The Prince’s Trust with a donation today.”

Support The Prince’s Trust here.

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