Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended The British Asian Trust’s annual gala dinner on the 2nd of February 2017 at the Guildhall in London.The night proved to be extremely successful with the presence of distinguished guests supporting the charity and raised an astonishing £850,000 in aid of The British Asian Trust’s work in South Asia.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Founder and President of The British Asian Trust and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended the event alongside several of the Trust’s trustees and ambassadors. Guests included International Development Secretary Priti Patel MP, chart-topping music star Naughty Boy, Pakistani music icon Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who are both ambassadors of The Trust, as well as award-winning film director Gurinder Chadha, TV stars Nitin Ganatra, Preeya Kalidas and tennis star Boris Becker.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “The British Asian community has long played a vital role in the fight against global poverty by dedicating their time, money and expertise to this global struggle. I am delighted that the Department for International Development, has such an enduring partnership with the British Asian Trust which helps to defeat poverty and suffering in the world.
The recent match funding of public donations to the British Asian Trust’s ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal has already helped 50,000 women and girls in Pakistan get the essential skills they need to secure steady jobs. There is no task more urgent than defeating poverty. Britain plays a leading international role in tackling the root causes of poverty and supporting the education and livelihoods of the world’s poorest. People in Britain can be proud of the way UK aid is saving and changing lives on an incredible scale.”
Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust said: “This has been another fantastic evening for the Trust, on our 4th annual dinner. We have felt tremendous support, warmth and encouragement for our work from all of our supporters. On this important night, not only did we raise £850,000 for the charity, we were also able to share the life changing stories of two incredible beneficiaries Navanitha and Kalsoom, who have joined us tonight and brought the Trust’s ongoing hard work and impact to life. We look forward to a special year in 2017 as a trusted partner for South Asia.”
To date, The British Asian Trust has touched the lives of over 3 million people in South Asia, and the gala dinner marked the beginning of a special year that will focus on four key areas to transform the future of South Asia – Education, Anti-trafficking, Livelihoods and Mental Health/Disability.