This is good to see

Noblesse does still obliges.

The centre will be privately funded — although the Government will pick up the running costs. Being the Duke of Westminster — Britain’s 10th richest person with a fortune of £8.5 billion — his methods of fund-raising are not quite rattling a tin outside Boot’s on a Saturday morning. He has only accepted donations of between £5 million and £10 million from companies, private trusts and individuals.

“I have the ability to be able to do it, in that it is easier for me to kick the door down of a bank chairman and say to another firm ‘thank you for considering us but your gift is actually not big enough’,” he says.

So far £192million of the £300 million has been raised for the capital cost of the scheme; the Duke has personally pitched in £50million. Next year, the five-strong project team will ask members of the public to donate. The Duke of Cambridge is the project’s patron.

I have made a little bit of fun of the man before now, for in his list of titles and medals and awards there’s some prominence given to a Canadian TA medal (I think that’s right). But to be fair about it that’s one that is absolutely and unambiguously one that’s he’s earned purely and solely though his actions and efforts, not any accidents of birth or social position.

5 thoughts on “This is good to see”

  1. One of the few reasons to prefer American journalism to ours is that in the US there is a lesser tendency to write “although the Government will pick up the running costs” and a greater to write “although the taxpayer will pick up the running costs”.

    Also American journalism is better for insomniacs.

  2. Or as they’d write in the US “The writings of professional journalists in the USA majorly and superiorly impact on folks transitioning to an insomniac condition”.

  3. Nice to see someone putting their own money where their mouth is. And he can certainly see people the average fundraiser will find it hard to get hold of.
    Wish him and the project well – if only there was more noblesse oblige.

  4. No, he didn’t get a “Canadian TA medal”. He got the Canadian Forces Decoration as a cornflakes (i.e. you just had to be there) medal for his time (continuing) as Colonel in Chief of the Royal Westminster Regiment.

    Now, I’m perfectly happy to believe that his family ties might have contributed to him being chosen from among the similarly regimentally connected full-Colonels and above but, hey …

    Isn’t he the CO of the TA in the UK?


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