The concerts at London’s stunning Royal Albert Hall were held in support of disadvantaged young people, raising vital funds for The Prince's Trust and The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Gary said: “It is an honour to play for members of the royal family. I wanted to hold my solo concerts as a way of raising funds for these amazing charities – The Prince’s Trust along with the Foundation which are causes close to my heart. The money raised will go a long way to supporting the most disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around. It’s a critical time for young people at the moment and I want to do my bit to help.”
The money raised from the two solo shows on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December for The Prince’s Trust will support the charity’s City Riots Appeal, helping disadvantaged young people from riot-torn areas to rebuild their lives and communities. The appeal aims to double support for the most disadvantaged young people in five of the areas hardest hit by the riots.
The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry will also use the funds to help young people, one of the Foundation’s three core project areas. It will use the funds to support innovative projects aimed at giving young people the tools and aspiration to fulfil their potential.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, says: “The Prince’s Trust was set up in 1976 following social unrest and high youth unemployment. Today, our work with disadvantaged young people is more relevant than ever – with riots in our cities and the number of jobless young people at a record high. We are enormously grateful to Gary Barlow for helping us to raise funds for such a timely cause.”
Nick Booth, Chief Executive of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry says, “We are delighted to be involved in such a fantastic event, drawing attention to vital projects that are transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK. We would like to thank Gary Barlow and all those involved in the concerts and hope that, through their kindness, we can rekindle the aspirations of so many.”
Source: Prince's Trust