HRH The Duke of York was guest of honour at the 188th annual luncheon of Three Bridges based The Printing Charity.
Following a year-long internship funded by The Printing Charity, Ismail has been appointed to The Yorkshire Post’s business desk.
He has dreamed of being a journalist since he was ten years old and is very proud to be joining the newspaper on a permanent basis.
Ismail says: “I would like to thank everyone involved with the Charity, particularly Stephen Gilbert who has shown great interest in my development and has frequently visited me in Yorkshire. I also want to extend my thanks to The Printing Charity’s Yorkshire Committee for driving this initiative, especially Gurdev Singh who backed my appointment and was on hand with additional support.
“Finally I want to extend my gratitude to everyone here at The Yorkshire Post, especially Bernard Ginns, the Business Editor, for having faith in me and guiding me with his extensive knowledge in business journalism, and Greg Wright, the Deputy Business Editor, for taking me under his wing over the past year.”
Bernard Ginns, Business Editor of The Yorkshire Post, adds: “I would like to thank The Printing Charity for developing this innovative and worthwhile project.”
HRH The Duke of York, KG, in his role as The Printing Charity’s President for 2015, attended our 188th Annual Luncheon at Stationers’ Hall, London on 5 November.
The Duke of York said it had been an honour to be The Printing Charity’s President for 2015 and congratulated the charity on what we have done and continue to do to help people in difficulty, as well as young people coming into the printing industry to develop the skills they need.
Speaking at the event, The Duke of York said: “Printing is part of life, but it requires skills. Thank you to everyone here today for the work you do to raise the printing industry’s profile and encourage young people to become skilled.”
Our Chairman, Jon Wright, announced that in 2015, the year we are marking the 150th anniversary of the granting of our first Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, we will help over 1,000 people. He outlined how we will achieve this through our financial grants programme, our two sheltered homes, initiatives such as the Print Futures Awards, and partnerships with other charities and organisations.
Jon Wright said: “Our work is also focused on apprenticeships. This includes helping to fund a teacher’s resource pack promoting apprenticeships to 15-18 year olds. In 2016, as part of the print industry led apprenticeship trailblazer, we will be assisting apprentices with costs associated with their study.”
At the event, The Duke of York presented Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and our Vice President, with a President Emeritus Award for his work on our behalf.