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.