Prince's Regeneration Trust Gala Dinner Kirstie Allsopp Griff Rhys Jones Bill Bryson

Celebrity ambassadors help PRT raise more than £133,000 at first gala event

Property gurus Kirstie Allsopp and Kevin McCloud were among a host of top celebrities supporting The Prince’s Regeneration Trust's (PRT's) very first gala fundraiser.

Kirstie, presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, hosted PRT’s inaugural ‘Best of British’ Gala Dinner and Auction at Kensington Palace on Thursday 26 February.

She was joined by Anglophile US author Bill Bryson and comedian Griff Rhys Jones, who both spoke at the event, which raised over £133,000.

Also attending were TV presenters Kevin McCloud, who fronts Channel 4’s Grand Designs and Steven Moore, from BBC’s Antiques RoadshowThe five, all property and heritage enthusiasts, are ambassadors for PRT.

PRT's president, HRH The Prince of Wales, sent a message of support and donated a signed limited edition lithograph for the live auction, which was hosted by Griff.

In total, there were 130 guests, including many high-profile figures from the property sector and the wider business community.

Among them were Nigel Webb, Head of Development at British Land, Bill Hughes, Managing Director of Legal & General Property, and Ross Brodie, Managing Director of Gladedale Estates.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “It was a fabulous evening.

"To have raised £133,000 at our very first Annual Gala Dinner and Auction is a fantastic achievement. This will make a huge difference to PRT’s work.”

Kirstie said: “I’m delighted to have hosted the very first ‘Best of British’ Gala Dinner and Auction in aid of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

“Heritage, recycling and nurturing traditional British artisan talents are all close to my heart and are central to what PRT does.”

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