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The funding situation at one of Newcastle's most unique cultural venues.
Interview: Alex Gibbs
Edit: Freddie Caldwell
By Zoe Barber
The second annual 'Ladies Who Rock' event, held at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, has raised more than £20000 for The Prince's Trust in the North East.
After a reception and lunch guests were treated to a fashion show showcasing collections from Barbour, Fenwicks and Love Niche.
GMTV star and Princes Trust ambassador Anna Williamson welcomed and thanked the audience before comedian Alistair McGowan brought down the auctioneer’s gavel in the charity auction. One of the most popular lots was a chance to meet David Beckham - which unsurprisingly went for just over £6000 alone!
While the event was full of fun and frolics it was all for one great cause, The Prince’s Trust. The trust was founded in 1976 by HRH the Prince of Wales to provide practical and financial support to disadvantaged 13 to 30-year-olds and help them develop workplace skills to improve their employment prospects.
Speaking to one of the representatives, Danielle Lawrence told me about the fantastic work the trust is doing in the North East. “We raised £21000 a couple of years ago [and] it was nice to see that money going to a good use and people realising their potential and moving on and starting up businesses…and really taking pride in themselves.”
Overall, the final toll has yet to be added up on how much exactly was raised by the Ladies Who Rock event on the 18th October, but the figure so far is just over £20,000 and still growing! If you would also like to donate or simply find out more about helping those in poverty or suffering deprivation in the North East then you can visit www.ladieswho.org or http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support_us.aspx.