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Prince's Trust 40th Anniversary

Rachel Blackwood - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust, a charity that was founded by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1976 with the principle aim to improve the lives of children and young adults in the UK. During the 1970s the mix of unemployment and rising inflation had an adverse effect on young people leaving school, which prompted Prince Charles to personally fund a number of local community projects such as a social centre and a fishing club, which was intended to “Inspire vulnerable teenagers to reach their full potential.” The charity grew from strength to strength as a greater need to help the up and coming generation became more apparent. The early 80’s saw further job losses and fewer opportunities for our youth to get started, which led to the Enterprise Programme being introduced in 1983. Over 1,000 young people were given support to start a business. Additionally the Trust established the Community Venture, a 42-week programme that included outdoor activities, teamwork and community projects. This later developed into the one of the most notable of the Prince’s Trust schemes – Team Programme – that brings together young adults of between 16-25 years to obtain vital work experience, hone CVs and gain a relevant qualification in a given field. The trust joined forces with some of the biggest blue chip companies globally, notably HSBC and Marks & Spencer whose joint objective is to confront the rise in youth unemployment and to offer the skills young adults need to get qualifications and experience to enter work.


Today the Trust holds a number of varied events to raise money including rock concerts, gala balls and sporting events including clay shoots that are held annually by the regional Prince’s Trust groups.
Promatic have been proud to be involved with the Yorkshire Charity Clay Days, a two day event held in May courtesy of Lord and Lady Masham. Beneficiaries are The Countryside Alliance and The Prince’s Trust who this year are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Richard Jackson Co Chair with Lord Masham commented, “We are looking forward to two fantastic days and are most grateful to Promatic who once again are generously supporting the event with their traps and providing the clays themselves of which 68,000 will be fired over the guns, in simulated game shooting drives.”


Promatic provide a mix of simulated game trailers, namely the Grouse machine and Huntsman XP, to create six drives, plus engineers to ensure its smooth operation. This year the event is to take place at Swinton Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire on May 9th and 10th. Richard Jackson MBE CStJ DL, Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Yorkshire and his team have worked endlessly to raise huge amounts for the charity through the different events that they organise and no doubt Richard and the team will be aiming to beat the £123,723 they raised in 2015.


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