More than half a million pounds was raised last week at a high profile fundraising dinner, as the British Asian Trust showed there is power in numbers as they raised funds for work in South Asia.
On Wednesday 5th February, chart topping music sensation, and latest British Asian Trust ambassador, Naughty Boy led the entertainment alongside his guest performer and Brit Award winning artist, Emeli Sandé, at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
As well as the crowd pleasing performance from Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, the event was attended by fellow British Asian Trust Ambassadors, Ikram Butt, Preeya Kaildas, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Mishal Husain, Laila Rouass and Ronnie O’Sullivan, amongst others.
The Trust also welcomed three-time Wimbledon Champion, Boris Becker, who auctioned himself off for a game of tennis with Novak Djokovic.
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007, at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Trust provides funding to support high impact charities within the areas of education, health and livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of The British Asian Trust, was delighted with the success of the night, with the funds raised having the potential to help so many people in the future.
He said: “The night was a great success for the Trust; it allowed HRH The Prince of Wales to tell guests about the impact of his recent tour to South Asia and his visit to our projects.
“The dinner also gave us the opportunity to thank our supporters, and having our own Ambassador Naughty Boy entertain guests, made the evening feel all the more special. To raise such a phenomenal amount illustrates how our donors come together to change lives for the better.”
The British Asian Trust has celebrated a successful few months with the event following HRH The Prince of Wales’s successful trip to South Asia last November.
During his time in India, The Prince visited a number of projects his Trust supports and saw first-hand how donor funds are being used to give a hand up rather than a hand out to those in need.
The Trust prides itself on its ability to transform the lives of beneficiaries, faced with poverty and situations often out of their control.