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Presidential Appeal

CIH’s Presidential Appeal has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across the world over the years. Geraldine Howley, our current President, has chosen the Prince’s Trust as the focus of her fundraising for 2015-16.

Did you know that almost one million young people in the UK are not in work, education or training? In fact, you could fill every premier league football stadium in this country with unemployed young people and still have a queue of 200,000 outside. The Prince’s Trust wants to change this. It works with people aged 13-30 who are either struggling in education or at risk of exclusion, through to those who’ve been unemployed long-term.

Geraldine feels strongly about the work of the the Trust. She said: “There are few things as rewarding as seeing people recognising and fulfilling the potential of their talent. I believe that we have a key role to play in opening doors for young people so they can shine. We need to look at what potential a person might have, sometimes by stepping outside of our comfort zones.”

Geraldine’s already started her fundraising – she took part in the Great North Swim back in June, alongside CIH’s own Judy Waugh. Other members of the Incommunities and CIH teams will be getting stuck in too – from cake bakes to half marathons, we’re going to be a busy bunch! Keep an eye on our JustGiving page to find out what we’ve got planned and how you can support our fundraising.

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  • Fancy joining Geraldine on her fundraising journey? You could take part in an event; run, cycle or trek to raise funds; hold a fundraising event with your team or volunteer. Please contact to find out more information.
  • JustGive: Our team JustGiving page is now up and running, but we need your support. If you'd like to donate, please use this page and help us to reach our total - or if you're also taking on a fundraising challenge or two and would like to be added to our team page, please contact

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Karine's story: Homeless at 18, Karine fell in with the wrong crowd. But support from the Prince's Trust helped her make a remarkable change and she now has a career working on multi-million pound construction projects. Watch Karine talk about her experiences above or read more about how working with the Trust boosted her confidence and developed her skills.