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Mon 5 December 2011


Give a Pound from Your Round and the Spare from Your Fare for The Prince’s Trust


An innovative new initiative from Big New Ideas Events in conjunction with Pubs of Ulster and fonacab aims to give youth unemployment a real “pounding” on Friday 16th December 2011 when pubs and taxis across Greater Belfast will be raising funds for The Prince’s Trust.

Customers will be encouraged to donate the odd £1 or spare change to a cause that makes a real difference in young people’s lives on one of the busiest days of the year for pubs and taxi companies.

Ken Sharp from BNI, one of The Prince’s Trust Million Maker Teams, is confident that their fundraising idea will generate much-needed funds to help young people who want to start up their own business, get back into education or secure employment.

“With the support of Colin Neil from Pubs of Ulster and Simon Kitchen of fonacab we hope to raise a significant amount of money for the Prince’s Trust Million Makers campaign.  On the night of Friday 16th December you will be able to donate by dropping change into a collection box, stuffing it in an envelope or texting INGW47£1 to 70070.”

2011 has been a difficult year for so many people in the UK, including hundreds of thousands of young people. We have now hit the highest youth unemployment figures in 19 years, nearly one million young people who are currently out of work in the UK. 


This year The Trust in Northern Ireland hopes to reach more than 3,000 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. 


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.


This is backed up by Willie Black of the Duke of York, who has a history of working with youth organisations in and around their Cathedral Quarter pub.


“This is an easy way for us and our customers to help support the work of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland.  Taking a pound from a round may not be much to the customer on a Christmas night out but will have a major impact in the hands of The Prince’s Trust, who are not only helping individuals but helping the whole Northern Ireland economy by making a forgotten segment of society more productive.”


“So remember when you are out and about on Friday the 16th December, don’t shove that change back in your pocket, put it in a Prince’s Trust envelope and make a difference.”

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