EvEnts diary15 March Lancashire Celebrity Sports Dinner15 March The Prince's Trust Red Ball, Bristol27 April The Prince's Trust Sporting Clay Shoot, Eaton Park, Cheshire 20 May Palace to Palace West Midlands 2012 For more details:princes-trust.org. uk/eventsPrince's Trust Ambassadors Gabby and Kenny Logan were among those taking to two wheels for The Prince's Trust Palace to Palace bike ride in September.Every year, the 45-mile ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle sees participants collectively cycle 135,000 miles between the royal palaces.Sports presenter Gabby, who took part in the first Palace to Palace in 2005, said: "What we love most about Palace to Palace is that it's not a competition. For once, it's lovely to just enjoy the scenery without worrying about who's going to win!" Over the past six years, Palace to Palace has raised over £1.2 million to support The Trust. This year, the event is also being brought to the West Midlands. To sign up for Palace to Palace 2012, being held in the West Midlands on 20 May and in London on 14 October: princes-trust.org.uk/palaceCELEBritiEs saddLE UPthe number of young people The Prince's Trust aims to help this year50,000Here come the girls: leading business women show supportProminent businesswomen, including the founder of The White Company, Chrissie Rucker, came together in October to raise £50,000 as part of The Prince's Trust Women's Leadership Group (WLG). The glittering event was hosted by BBC News presenter and Prince's Trust Ambassador Fiona Bruce at St Ermin's Hotel. Attendees were shown a video, created by Big Balls productions, celebrating the achievements of young women supported by The Trust. Fru Hazlitt, Chair of The Prince's Trust Women's Leadership Group, said: "Helping disadvantaged young women transform their lives is at the heart of every action taken by the WLG, and the funds raised at this event will continue this vital work."princes-trust.org.uk/thetrust 05The Prince's Trust is one of the first charities supported by Fuel Our Youth. The new charity, founded by three men over 60, provides a way for their contemporaries who don't need help with their energy bills to donate all or part of their annual Winter Fuel Allowance to help provide a better future for young people.One of the three founding members of the charity, Howard Zetter, said: "Fuel Our Youth will buy the next generation a good start in life." For donations: fuelouryouth.orgfUELLing ProsPECtsawards honour young people's acheivementsThe Prince's Trust and L'Oréal Paris Celebrate Success Awards 2011/12 are honouring the achievements of young people supported by The Trust who have succeeded against the odds and made a positive impact on their local community. Read about all the regional winners: princes-trust.org.uk/celebrateReader surveycompetition winnerCongratulations to Stacey Kendall, who wins a Nintendo Wiiafter completing oursurvey. Our thanks to everyone who entered.
06The Trust / Inspiring young livesRead the findings from our Youth Index research in full princes-trust.org.uk/youthindexYouth IndexThe Prince's Trust has published the results of the fourth annual Youth Index, which measures how young people feel about their lives today and their confidence in the future. The research involved 2,074 young people aged 16 to 25, who indicated in an online survey how happy they felt about several aspects of their lives and how confident they were about their future. The findings suggest that growing up without a daily routine or structure could harm a young person's school grades and overall wellbeing. While one in ten young people felt that their days "lacked structure and direction" when growing up, those who left school Jaimie Brogan,17 Before joining The Prince's Trust xl club, Jaimie, from Ashford, had a chaotic life. After her parents separated when she was 14, she started going out every evening until after midnight to escape what was happening at home, and began skipping school.However, when she was sent to a Pupil Referral Unit, Jaimie had a 'wake-up call'. "I didn't want to go back there, so I knew I had to do something about my behaviour."After joining The Prince's Trust xl club, Jaimie took part in activities to improve her confidence, motivation and teamwork skills, helping her to re-engage with education in an informal way."My whole attitude to school changed," says Jaimie. "It was really good fun and helped rebuild my confidence. I realised that if I didn't settle down and work hard, I was going to limit my choices for the rest of my life."Last summer, Jaimie passed all her GCSEs with grades A-C. She's now at college and hopes to go to university. "I was really proud of myself," she says. "It was a big deal for someone like me - I expected to leave school with nothing."A ROUTINE PROBLEMA Prince's Trust study suggests that a lack of structure during childhood could harm a young person's future