13 Jul 2018
On Friday 7 September, the ‘Lunch with an Old Bag’ event will take place at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. Bringing together many of Scotland’s most glamorous and stylish ladies at an invitation only event, funds will be raised to enable Prince’s Trust Scotland to help transform young Scots lives, supporting them to realise their full potential and create a brighter future.
2018 marks Scotland’s Year of Young People and is Lunch with an Old Bag’s 10th anniversary - last year the event raised over £700,000. This year, to boost funds raised, Prince’s Trust Scotland invites donations of £1,000 to help ensure that every young person in Scotland has the chance to succeed. They are appealing for 100 donations to be made, which will fund the journey of 100 young people with The Trust, supporting them to develop the skills and confidence they need to live, learn and earn.
Additional fundraising will take place on the day, with a number of items donated for charity auction, including an incredible pink graffiti Heilan Coo sculpture, made from mild steel, by TV personality and Artist Blacksmith Kev Paxton and his team at ArtFe. Further high-quality donation items are currently being sought, including designer handbags.
Fiona Donaldson, Chair of Lunch with an Old Bag, said, “The latest Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index report has found that almost half of young people in Scotland (53%) regularly feel stressed, and one in five go as far as to say they regularly feel hopeless, with as many as one in three stating that they don’t feel in control of their lives. In this Year of Young People you can help change this worrying downward trend by believing in young people, and lending them your support. With your backing, The Trust can help even more young Scots to develop the skills and confidence they need.”
“Every £1,000 will help to transform a young life and we are setting a target of 100 donations. We’re looking forward to our tenth Lunch with an Old Bag, which promises to be truly fabulous, whilst helping to transform the lives of so many young people.”
Sean McLaren is a young person who has been helped by The Trust. He says that without it, he wouldn’t be where he is today, “It helped me with life skills and to build my confidence. Although I had had jobs previously, I was supported to better understand what employers were looking for, and how best to present it to them. During this time, I was in and out of the homeless system and had houses that hadn’t lasted for various reasons. My mum had always told me that there was a place for me, but I felt as though I’d failed if I went back, and so, I persevered.
“I suffered from severe depression, and this came to a head when, at my lowest, I took an overdose. At the time, I felt like the only person I could talk to without judgement was my worker at The Trust, and I can honestly say, without her, I wouldn’t be here talking to you all today. She always made time for me when I was feeling down and helped me more than I can even begin to explain.”
To support The Prince’s Trust’s Transform 100 programme, please visit http://www.lunchwithanoldbag.com/gld-bags.php
Pictured: Sean McLaren (The Prince’s Trust Scotland Young Ambassador), Fiona Donaldson (Chair of Lunch with an Old Bag), James Thomson OBE (owner of Prestonfield House).