Ending the year on a high note

This year has been a busy year for the Construction Youth Trust and, as in the previous 16 years, the Trust marked the end of 2009 with our Christmas Concert, held at the Carpenters’ Hall, London on Tuesday 8 December, attended by the Patron of the Trust, HRH Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

The evening boasted a full programme of classical music followed by christmas carols all enjoyed by the 200 guests who turned out to hear the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Christine Townley, Director of the Trust said “I believe that this year was one of our best ever concerts. In response to some feedback we decided to combine the musical programme with that of a more traditional carol concert. Who can resist singing loudly to irresistible christmas carol favourites?”

The evening raised £10,000 for the Trust to use in 2010 in their continuing work supporting young people whose journey to work can be challenging due to barriers relating to their financial circumstances, lack of awareness of opportunities in the industry, low self-esteem, gender or ethnicity.

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Notes to editors:

1. The Construction Youth Trust achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions. By helping individuals to gain training & employment the Trust's work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage.  www.constructionyouth.org.uk

2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO is the Patron of the Construction Youth Trust. As a qualified architect, His Royal Highness takes a keen interest in the work of the Trust and frequently visits Trust projects.