December 1, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 315 days
If you are back in Britain, America or Canada experiencing dreadful weather that comes with the beginning of December, you probably don’t want to hear how lovely it is in the Caribbean where Queen Mary 2 has just completed her first voyage of the season. Likewise the fact that it is warm and sunny in the Canary Islands where Queen Victoria has been for the last week, might seem like we are rubbing it in a bit; so I’ll get straight on with this special Blog.
Cunard is very proud of its association with The Prince’s Trust charity, founded by The Prince Of Wales, and it’s a pleasure to be involved with any activity or event that helps them continue their tremendous work. Regular readers may remember I interviewed Amie Hoyland, Head of Corporate Partnerships, in a Blog posted on the 25th of June where she told us more of their important work.
More recently in Southampton, Cunard hosted a special event where over eighty guests were invited to a fund raising lunch on board Queen Victoria. The guests were Cunard Platinum and Diamond World Club Members and supporters of the Trust, and thanks to their generosity, the event raised over £8,350, which means Cunard has now raised an amazing £423,000 for The Prince’s Trust.
The guests were joined by some of Queen Victoria’s senior officers including Captain Ian McNaught, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Chris Elkeke and Moira Stuart (BBC Newsreader and Broadcaster), who works as an Ambassador for the Trust. Richard Curtis, Cunard’s Head of Marketing, takes up the story:
Guest Blog – Richard Curtis – Head of Marketing for Cunard Line
Our beautiful Cunarder looked especially impressive basking in the autumn sun at Southampton’s Ocean terminal, but equally impressive when I arrived in the Queens Room for our Champagne reception was the stunning ice carving spelling out ‘The Prince’s Trust’ (complete with an ice apostrophe!). The attention to detail of our onboard teams and their ability to exceed expectations never ceases to impress me!
Moira Stuartspoke about the importance of the work achieved by the Prince’s Trust and the extra demands faced during today’s difficult times. Here she is pictured with Captain Ian McNaught.
Even more moving however was the eloquent story told by Chris Ekeleme, and how his involvement with east London gangs and a life of crime had been reformed after being introduced to The Trust. Chris has managed to turn his back on gang life and now works hard as a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador and at a school in South London. Here is a picture of Chris with Moira Stuart, Paul Brown and Rhiannan Sarah Spugeon from the Trust, and myself.
Lunch on Queen Victoria is always a special occasion but the lunch on this wonderful day was particularly memorable as the menu had been designed and prepared by celebrity chef Todd English and our very own Global Culinary Ambassador Jean Marie Zimmerman. Todd had flown over especially from Las Vegas for the occasion and it gave our guests the opportunity to experience his delicious cuisine which can also be found in the Todd English Restaurants on both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2.
The only problem with events such is that they go too fast and soon come to an end. I can guarantee that nobody attending the lunch wanted to leave Queen Victoria and wave good-bye that day, least of all myself. As we watched lucky guests embarking the ship ready for a sixteen night Mediterranean voyage in the sun, it made leaving even harder!
Thank you Richard, and I certainly agree that it was a fantastic day which was not only really enjoyable, but we were able to play our part in helping raising money to help underprivileged youngsters. The Prince’s Trust does such an amazing job and if you would like more information you can visit www.princes-trust.org.uk.
I’ll be back soon with more news from the fleet as well as the regular updates. Cheers Alastair