operaOpera Holland Park raises over £40,000 for the Rugby Portobello Trust

RPT is very pleased to announce that over £40,000 was raised in our annual gala performance of Lucia di Lammermoor given by Opera Holland Park on 27th June.

In his welcome speech Rugby Portobello Trust head, Mark Simms, pointed out that the problems of the opera's tale were familiar to RPT- gang related violence and the destruction of a vulnerable young woman with mental health issues by a dysfunctional family.

After this novel slant on the story, opera-goers were treated to a magnificent performance of Donizetti's work by an outstanding cast and orchestra in the grand setting of Holland House in Holland Park.

RPT deals with about 1150 young people every week in North Kensington, ranging from children who need space for play and sport, to young people who are homeless or at risk of offending. We encourage young people to stand on their own two feet, to pursue employment and to help their community. RPT offers programmes from youth club services, link work for young offenders, job seeking, mental and sexual health, sport and residential courses.

This year's gala night raised funds for RPT's new education service for young people who have been failed or excluded from mainstream education. We help them to gain GCSEs, NVQ qualifications and guidance towards employment.

RPT wishes to extend thanks to all those who made the evening possible, and especially to Opera Holland Park, and all those who attended this great gala performance.

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