Star studded gala raises £1.5 million for homeless young people
Centrepoint Patron Prince William joined Ellie Goulding, Craig David, Nile Rodgers and other stars and supporters at Centrepoint at the Palace – a fundraising gala and awards evening at Kensington Palace.
The event, which was sponsored by the Reuben Foundation, raised an incredible £1.5 million for Centrepoint.
Our Patron Prince William celebrated the amazing achievements of young people supported by Centrepoint, and along with Liz Hurley and Jonathan Ross presented the second annual Centrepoint Awards.
Prince William joked that the last time he was on stage at Kensington Palace, he performed a duet with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi – but that he would ‘spare Ellie Goulding and Craig David the same torture.’
He also spoke about his passion for supporting homeless young people and his gratitude for Centrepoint’s work.
He said: ‘This evening is a celebration of everything young people are capable of when they are given the support that they need. Centrepoint sees every young person for who they are. That alone is life changing.’
Craig David closed the night with a storming set – which featured a stage invasion by a group of Centrepoint young people! The group danced with David to hits such as ‘7 Days’ and ‘Ain’t Giving Up.’
The young people and guests were also treated to performances by Ellie Goulding, Conor Maynard and Dirty Vegas. Phil Collins was scheduled to perform, but unfortunately had to pull out due to illness. He sent a heartfelt message of support along with his apologies.
Nile Rodgers was also presented with the Youth Inspiration Award, for his tireless work supporting young people to achieve their potential.
Nile spoke to former Centrepoint resident turned superstar journalist Sophia about his own experience of homelessness as a teenager – emphasising the difference the right support can make.
He said ‘Once I had a roof over my head, it allowed me to concentrate on what my life path would be.’
We’re so grateful to the sponsors, donors and supporters who made the event possible – the funds raised will make a huge difference to the young people we support.