David dedicates much of his time to his true passion; his charitable and philanthropic activities. Over the last 10 years David has founded his own charity, supported HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, been made a Trustee at Dumfries House, Trustee and later Chairman of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. David is a patron of The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, NSPCC and The National Osteoporosis Society.
With David’s existing commitment to enhancing the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities where there is an element of disadvantage, the charity’s focus is on personal development, education and the improvement and regeneration of communities. Visit dbcf.com to find out more.
David is completely inspired by the vision of HRH The Prince of Wales for people, communities and heritage and tries to help where and
how he can.
His work in support of His Royal Highness began in 2005 when he became involved with The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, which
helps to provide improved quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness.
Since 2008 David has been assisting His Royal Highness with the work at Dumfries House and Knockroon.
At the beginning of 2013 David got involved in The Prince's Foundation for Building Community and continued his ongoing aim to combine commercial acumen with philanthropic intentions.
One of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. The house was built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries. With sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages.
David’s first involvement with Dumfries House began with helping to refurbish the main house. Over time his support has spread to some of the many exciting initiatives on the estate which help people from the local community gain and develop new skills such as carpentry, stonemasonry, cooking, hospitality and drawing - all with the intention of helping people back into work.
David personally funded the restoration of the estate's four and a half acre walled garden which, completed in July 2014, became a major attraction for visitors.
The purchase of Dumfries House by a consortium led by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales marked the start of a long-term commitment to East Ayrshire by the Prince’s Charities.
The purchase was quickly followed by the decision to take forward a model community for Scotland.
Projects led to Knockroon, a neighbourhood incorporating homes and shops is developed to serve local and daily needs and provide workplaces for small businesses.
David has such faith in this regeneration of the local community that he acquired phase one of the 600+ property build. He is helping to develop the vision for its future and has turned one of the commercial properties at Knockroon into a café and pizzeria that opened in May 2014.
David is a keen supporter of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and helps a number of charities of which she is Patron or President.
Throughout the year David attends fund raising events expressing his strong belief in Her Royal Highness’s work at the National Osteoporosis Society. He has also supported The Duchess in some of her other activities with associations such as The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Unicorn Theatre for Children.