23rd February 2012
The Prince of Wales was joined by Cheryl Cole, Jools Holland, Lulu, Michael McIntyre and Alison Moyet at a gala dinner tonight to raise funds for his charity The Prince's Trust.
The annual Invest in Futures event, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, took place at The Savoy and saw the financial community demonstrate its support for more than a million unemployed young people in the UK today.
Cole appeared on stage with McIntyre to announce one of the auction lots during the charity dinner - an afternoon tea for four with Cole at a top London hotel.
The singer set up The Cheryl Cole Foundation last year, helping support The Princes Trust and disadvantaged young people in the North East.
She said: "This afternoon tea is a fun way to raise money for a charity close to my heart. I am a huge fan of the work of the Prince's Trust. My Foundation is supporting the work of the Prince's Trust in the North East, helping young people from my part of the world to get their lives on track. It's a really difficult time for young people at the moment."
The Prince said: "One of the people who's here this evening, to whom I owe an awful lot, I think, is Cheryl Cole, who has been kind enough to come this evening and apart from anything else, to offer herself as an auction prize, but only for tea."
The dinner was attended by hedge fund leaders and global financiers. It is hoped they will unite the financial services industry to invest in disadvantaged young people, helping them become economically active.
Other celebrity supporters of the Trust pledged their support by offering auction lots including a trip to the American Idol finale in Los Angeles and a day behind the scenes at the Downton Abbey set.
Dame Helen Mirren donated an evening dress which she wore to the Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo and Sir Peter Blake pledged a limited edition signed piece of artwork.