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Will.i.am donates £500k Voice fee to the Prince's Trust

Will.i.am donates £500k Voice fee to the Prince's Trust
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Will.i.am donates £500k Voice fee to the Prince's Trust 1

Fundraising | Kirsty Weakley | 22 Jun 2012

The Voice judge and Black Eyed Peas frontman, Will.i.am has donated his £500,000 fee for being a judge on the Voice talent show to the Princes Trust to fund education, training and enterprise schemes.

He is making the personal donation through his i.am angel Foundation.

After appearing on the BBC1 programme the American music producer said he felt “at home here” in the UK and decided to make the donation after meeting Prince Charles at Clarence House to discuss how his foundation could support the Princes Trust.

Will.i.am said: “Working with The Prince's Trust, I am joining the mission to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people living in under-privileged neighbourhoods in the UK. My donation to the Trust will help these young people build skills that are vital in today’s and tomorrow’s job market including technology and computer knowledge.”

The programmes it will support are: education programme, xl; its Enterprise programme, and its personal development Fairbridge programme, which encourages and develops key computer skills.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust said: “Will.i.am is an inspiring character – we're excited about his vision of helping the most disadvantaged to improve their computer skills and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation. It will make a huge difference to vulnerable young lives in the UK today.”

Watch the video of the Prince meeting Will.i.am:

 

Rob Dyson
Public Relations Manager
CharityComms
22 Jun 2012

Good for him! And I hope the other judges are prompted to do the same. £500,000 would make a profound difference to a small to medium sized charity - but the Prince's Trust is a fine choice.

I might have tried to Will.i.am-up that quote though ;) It reads like a PRO lifted it straight from the annual review...

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